“Test driving” ACL reconstruction in young athletes

By Annie Hayashi

3-D model provides critical parameters to prevent physeal injury

Among young athletes, the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures is rising. Because these patients are often skeletally immature, ACL reconstruction risks damaging the growth plate and causing long-term growth disturbances. With the use of cutting-edge technology—three-dimensional, magnetic resonance imaging (3-D MRI) simulations of the procedure—James Kercher, MD, was able to identify critical parameters for safer, more precise ACL reconstruction.

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