The mini C-arm has become increasingly popular in the practice of orthopedics. To the authors' knowledge, its use in the pediatric orthopedic outpatient clinic has not been reported. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the practice efficiency and radiation exposure to the patient when the mini C-arm was used in the pediatric orthopedic outpatient clinic. One hundred consecutive midshaft and distal forearm fractures were evaluated by one orthopedic surgeon in follow-up using a mini C-arm. For each case, the radiation physicist calculated the amount of skin exposure in milligray (mGy). The average skin exposure to the patient from the mini C-arm was 0.58 mGy, compared with 0.2 mGy for anteroposterior view and lateral view radiographs. Use of the mini C-arm, in place of plain radiographs obtained in the radiology department, decreased time waiting during clinic visits by 23 minutes. This study reports 2 important findings. First, surprisingly, the mini C-arm used a slightly higher radiation dose than standard imaging with plain radiographs. Second, use of the mini C-arm saved time and improved the efficiency of the clinic visit. Overall, the mini C-arm improves quality and efficiency in the pediatric orthopedic outpatient clinic.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine