In vivo estimation of the glenohumeral joint centre by functional methods : accuracy and repeatability assessment

Lempereur, M, Leboeuf, FY ORCID:, Brochard, S, Rousset, J, Burdin, V and Rémy-Néris, O 2010, 'In vivo estimation of the glenohumeral joint centre by functional methods : accuracy and repeatability assessment' , Journal of Biomechanics, 43 (2) , pp. 370-4.

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Several algorithms have been proposed for determining the centre of rotation of ball joints. These algorithms are used rather to locate the hip joint centre. Few studies have focused on the determination of the glenohumeral joint centre. However, no studies have assessed the accuracy and repeatability of functional methods for glenohumeral joint centre.

This paper aims at evaluating the accuracy and the repeatability with which the glenohumeral joint rotation centre (GHRC) can be estimated in vivo by functional methods. The reference joint centre is the glenohumeral anatomical centre obtained by medical imaging. Five functional methods were tested: the algorithm of Gamage and Lasenby (2002), bias compensated (Halvorsen, 2003), symmetrical centre of rotation estimation (Ehrig et al., 2006), normalization method (Chang and Pollard, 2007), helical axis (Woltring et al., 1985). The glenohumeral anatomical centre (GHAC) was deduced from the fitting of the humeral head.

Four subjects performed three cycles of three different movements (flexion/extension, abduction/adduction and circumduction). For each test, the location of the glenohumeral joint centre was estimated by the five methods. Analyses focused on the 3D location, on the repeatability of location and on the accuracy by computing the Euclidian distance between the estimated GHRC and the GHAC. For all the methods, the error repeatability was inferior to 8.25 mm. This study showed that there are significant differences between the five functional methods. The smallest distance between the estimated joint centre and the centre of the humeral head was obtained with the method of Gamage and Lasenby (2002).

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Biomechanics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0021-9290
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Depositing User: Dr Fabien LEBOEUF
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:39

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