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Application of three-dimensional computed tomography for the rheumatoid wrist

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Recent technical advances in computed tomography (CT) and the introduction of three-dimensional (3D) image reconstruction through computer systems make distinct visualization of tiny defects in the hand and wrist a feasible task. Three wrists from three patients—two of whom are patients with rheumatoid arthritis and one with osteoarthritis—were evaluated by 3D CT. Images were obtained with a multidetector-row CT scanner. Bony wrist structures including erosions were observed in the patients with arthritis by means of 3D CT. 3D CT could clearly visualize bone-erosive lesions. It also revealed various interesting stereoscopic views of bony structures unattainable with conventional radiographic studies. 3D CT may serve to be interesting in future imaging studies in the rheumatology field.

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We are grateful to Mr. Seung Ju Lee for technical support in 3D CT and also thankful to Ms. Se Young Ju for English proofreading.

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Ju, J.H., Kang, K.Y., Kim, I.J. et al. Application of three-dimensional computed tomography for the rheumatoid wrist. Rheumatol Int 28, 811–813 (2008).

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