Recognition, assessment, and treatment of non-union after surgical fixation of fractures: emphasis on 3D CT


ÇALIŞIR C. , Fayad L. M. , Carrino J. A. , Fishman E. K.

JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY, vol.30, no.1, pp.1-9, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11604-011-0006-y
  • Title of Journal : JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-9

Abstract

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.