For the post-operative patient, conventional axial computed tomography (CT) imaging and 2D multiplanar reconstruction are of limited value because of the beam-hardening artifact. However, three-dimensional (3D) CT imaging is an effective means of detecting subtle fracture healing, or confirming non-union, and for evaluating the integrity of metal hardware. In this article we emphasize the advantages of 3D CT imaging in the assessment and preoperative planning of non-union for patients who have been surgically treated for fractures.
- Three-dimensional imaging
- Volumetric CT
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging