The Use of CT Scans During Surgery
The use of computed tomography (CT) scans during orthopedic surgery to completely characterize the break has been seminal in the overall treatment protocol. A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles, and using computer processing, creates cross-section images of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues. The surgeon can easily comprehend the complete three-dimensional configuration of the fracture.
Many repairs are now done with minimally invasive surgery, using a combination of the CT, intraoperative fluoroscopy (real-time X-ray), and arthroscopy. The entire procedure is performed through tiny incisions instead of surgically opening up the leg.