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July 14, 1951


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

Technical Assistant (Mr. Runge); from the Section on Roentgenology (Dr. Kirklin) and the Section on Orthopedic Surgery (Dr. Ghormley), Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1951;146(11):1026-1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.63670110004013a

Roentgenographic examination of fractures in the operating room with roentgenologic apparatus separate from the fracture table, a method commonly employed, has usually been attended with more or less inconvenience, inaccuracy in duplicating angles of view in a series of roentgenograms, and, if open operation is being performed, hazard of breaking asepsis.

Heretofore, for example, at the Mayo Clinic, a patient having a fracture of the neck or upper portion of the femur was placed on a fracture table with his legs extended and abducted and his feet secured to the foot rests. Then a mobile roentgenographic unit, consisting of a transformer, control stand, and tube stand with tube, was wheeled up to that side of the table corresponding to the injured hip. The tube was centered vertically over the region of the fracture, a loaded cassette was slipped into a tunnel under the hip and a roentgenogram, giving an anteroposterior