Acetabular index

Last revised by Dr Yahya Baba on 07 Dec 2020

The acetabular index also called acetabular roof angle or Tönnis angle is a radiographic measurement of femoral head bony coverage by the acetabulum. It is useful in assessing for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) as well as pincer morphology in femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

Measurement

It is measured on AP pelvic radiograph. First, a line is drawn running through the medial edge of the sclerotic acetabular zone and through the lateral sourcil. Then a horizontal line is drawn and an angle is measured between these two lines.

Interpretation

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