Background and aim: The purpose of the study was to compare the data obtained by two independ-ent observers and statistically analyse the results using Cohen’s K to highlight the concordance or discord-ance in the diagnosis of normality, pathology and, in particular, the type of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) on plain films. Methods: the study was conducted retrospectively. The only inclusion criterium was the minimum age of 20 years. All patients underwent a radiographic examination of the pelvis in standard anter-oposterior projection in orthostasis. Results: A hundred patients were evaluated. A good concordance between the two operators in the examination of normal hip joint (k= 0.68 right/ 0,74 left) was found; a similar grade of agreement was found for the analysis of “pincer” type FAI (k = 0.73 right, 0,67 left). The best results in concordance were achieved in the examination of “cam” type FAI (k= 0.82 right, 0,88 left), “mixed” type FAI (k = 0.85 right, 0,86 left), and in findings of “coxa profunda” (k = 0.92 right, 0,88 left). Conclusion: We found a good concordance between the two readers; a few cases of disagreement were found in the diagnosis of “pincer” type FAI and absence of disease. This discrepancy may be due to the different weight given by the single observer to the clinical indication that leads the patient to examination, but also by the difficulty of a not dedicated radiologist to show some subtle signs indicative of early FAI.

Title of the article: Inter-observer concordance in normal and pathological findings of the hip joint in plairadiographs

Calvi M.;Zorzetto G.;Curti M.;Duvia M.;Celentano A.;Venturini M.;Genovese E. A.
2021-01-01

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Background and aim: The purpose of the study was to compare the data obtained by two independ-ent observers and statistically analyse the results using Cohen’s K to highlight the concordance or discord-ance in the diagnosis of normality, pathology and, in particular, the type of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) on plain films. Methods: the study was conducted retrospectively. The only inclusion criterium was the minimum age of 20 years. All patients underwent a radiographic examination of the pelvis in standard anter-oposterior projection in orthostasis. Results: A hundred patients were evaluated. A good concordance between the two operators in the examination of normal hip joint (k= 0.68 right/ 0,74 left) was found; a similar grade of agreement was found for the analysis of “pincer” type FAI (k = 0.73 right, 0,67 left). The best results in concordance were achieved in the examination of “cam” type FAI (k= 0.82 right, 0,88 left), “mixed” type FAI (k = 0.85 right, 0,86 left), and in findings of “coxa profunda” (k = 0.92 right, 0,88 left). Conclusion: We found a good concordance between the two readers; a few cases of disagreement were found in the diagnosis of “pincer” type FAI and absence of disease. This discrepancy may be due to the different weight given by the single observer to the clinical indication that leads the patient to examination, but also by the difficulty of a not dedicated radiologist to show some subtle signs indicative of early FAI.
Agreement; FAI; Hip joint; Plain radiography; Adult; Humans; Radiography; Radiologists; Retrospective Studies; Young Adult; Femoracetabular Impingement; Hip Joint
Atria, M. G.; Calvi, M.; Zorzetto, G.; Curti, M.; Duvia, M.; Celentano, A.; Venturini, M.; Genovese, E. A.
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