Multidetector Computed Tomography in Acute Joint Fractures

Haapamäki, V. V.; Kiuru, M. J.; Mustonen, A. O.; Koskinen, S. K.
September 2005
Acta Radiologica;Sep2005, Vol. 46 Issue 6, p587
Academic Journal
Conventional radiography plays an essential diagnostic role in the primary evaluation of acute joint trauma. In complex fractures, however, computed tomography (CT) is an imaging modality often used second to radiography. As a result of technical breakthroughs in the field, multidetector CT (MDCT) allows faster imaging and better temporal, spatial, and contrast resolution compared with conventional single‐slice spiral CT. MDCT with multiplanar reformation is helpful in disclosing fracture patterns, particularly in complex joint fractures, where they reveal occult fractures and show the exact number of fracture components and their degree of displacement.


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