Article Text


Radiographic stereoplotting. A new technique and its application to the study of the spine.
  1. R K Jacoby,
  2. H Sims-Williams,
  3. M I Jayson,
  4. H Baddley


    Radiographic stereoplotting is a method for taking three-dimensional measurements from a pair of x-ray films. The x-ray technique is described, as is the stereoplotter. Using this machine it is possible to locate any point within the patient and measure the distance between that point and any other point. From this information it is possible to compute areas, volumes, and angles with great accuracy, which hitherto has been impossible using noninvasive techniques. It is planned to take measurements of the spinal canal in normal backs and in patients with nonspecific back pain, in order to try to define some of these syndromes on a structural basis. It is likely that stereoplotting has some useful application in most branches of clinical medicine, since the x-ray technology is available in any diagnostic x-ray department.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.