The whole leg radiograph (WLR), the standard technique for determining axial alignment, is usually taken in a standing position, although some prefer the supine position. To determine the difference between these two positions, we performed a standing and a supine WLR in 20 patients with a varus alignment. We found an average of 2 degrees more varus deviation in the standing position than in the supine position.

dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016470310017965, hdl.handle.net/1765/15631
Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Brouwer, R.W, Jakma, T.S, Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M, Ginai, A.Z, & Verhaar, J.A.N. (2003). The whole leg radiograph: standing versus supine for determining axial alignment. Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica, 74(5), 565–568. doi:10.1080/00016470310017965