Plate length determination
Determine the plate length by measuring from the template.
It should be remembered that the medial aspect of the femur is angled
20°-25° inwards and 15 mm should be subtracted from the apparent length to
ensure that the blade does not perforate the medial aspect of the femur.
Conventional templating has in the past been performed with plain x-rays.
Many departments around the world now have digital pictures archiving
communication systems (PACS). Some companies now provide digital templates to
accommodate these systems.