Four-dimensional model of the lower extremity after total hip arthroplasty

Yoshito Otake*, Naoki Suzuki, Asaki Hattori, Keisuke Hagio, Nobuhiko Sugano, Kazuo Yonenobu, Takahiro Ochi

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We have developed a four-dimensional (4D) model of the lower extremities after total hip arthroplasty in patients. The model can aid in preventing complications such as dislocation and wearing of the sliding surface. The skeletal structure and implant alignment were obtained from CT data. We applied registration method using CAD data to estimate accurate implant alignment from scattered CT data. The reconstructed three-dimensional (3D) skeletal model was combined with motion capture data that were acquired by an optical tracking system. We displayed the patient's skeletal movement and analyzed several parameters that relate to complications. The patient's skeletal model was superimposed onto video footage that was taken by a synchronized and calibrated digital video camera. For validation of the measurement error in this system, we used open MRI to evaluate the relative movement between skin markers and bones. This system visually represents not only the 3D anatomical structure, but also 4D dynamic functions that include the time sequential transitions of components and their positions. The open MRI results indicated that the average error in hip angle was within 5° for each static posture. This system enables clinicians to analyze patient's motions on the basis of individual differences. We found that our system was an effective tool in providing precise guidance of daily postoperative motions that was individualized for each patient. This system will be applicable for surgical planning, assessment of postoperative activities, and the development of new surgical techniques, materials, and prosthetic designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2397-2405
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer simulation
  • Dislocation
  • Four-dimensional human model
  • Motion analysis
  • Total hip arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation


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