Role of MDCT in the Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Trauma
Technical advances in the past decade have made computed tomography (CT) increasingly valuable in the early clinical management of patients with polytrauma. The development of multidetector CT (MDCT) has transformed CT from a simple, crosssectional imaging technique to an advanced, three-dimensional (3-D) imaging modality, enabling excellent 3-D displays . Multislice CT scanning is associated with a substantial gain in performance, decreased scan timers, reduced section collimation, and reduction in scan length. The combined value of MDCT and 3-D reformations in assessment of the musculoskeletal system has been documented in the literature. The high contrast interface between bone and adjacent tissues in the musculoskeletal system makes it ideal for 3-D evaluation. The increased acquisition speed of MDCT with superior image resolution enables rapid diagnostic work up and institution of therapy in the setting of musculoskeletal trauma.
KeywordsCervical Spine Fracture Fragment Whiplash Injury Distal Radioulnar Joint Automatic Tube Current Modulation
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