Hip-Op: An innovative software to plan total hip replacement surgery

Riccardo Lattanzi, Marco Viceconti, Cinzia Zannoni, Paolo Quadrani, Aldo Toni

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This paper describes an innovative surgical simulation software environment for the pre-operative planning of total hip replacement surgery. The software is a CT-based three-dimensional planning environment, with a user-friendly graphic user interface based on the multimodal display visualization paradigm. Although it relies on a fully three dimensional internal representation, this approach represents the relevant anatomical objects by means of multiple views, each simulating a different medical imaging modality familiar to the medical professional. In the Hip-Op program the multimodal display interface integrates four different display modalities: orthogonal radiographs, Blended slices, CT slices, and arbitrary slices. A conventional surface rendering view is also available. The user 'navigates' the prosthetic components, which are dynamically selected from a library of available parts, within the CT volume while the implant and the patient anatomy are simultaneously rendered in each specialized view. Beside a consideration of anatomical compatibility, the surgeon may evaluate the planned implant type, size and position, also on the basis of two analysis modules that compute the achieved level of implant fitting and filling. After being evaluated in an internal clinical trial, the software is currently made available as freeware at http://www.ior.it/hipop/.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-83
Number of pages13
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Computer Aided Surgery
  • Hip prosthesis
  • Surgical planning
  • User interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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