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Imaging of the acetabulum in the era of multidetector computed tomography


Acetabular fractures are often complex injuries and the result of high-energy trauma with associated injuries. Understanding and classification of these rare injuries using radiography can be difficult and are much facilitated by the addition of computed tomography (CT). The purpose of this paper is to briefly review some of the underlying physical principles and technical factors for multidetector CT (MDCT) and to describe its use and imaging findings in the evaluation of acetabular fractures. Using MDCT with two-dimensional multiplanar reformatted (MPR) images and three-dimensional volume rendered images, the supplemental oblique radiographic Judet views can be omitted. MDCT is now an indispensable tool in preoperative imaging of acetabular fractures and also in postoperative imaging in complicated cases. Not only is MDCT excellent for a general overview but also for detailed imaging of fracture extent, joint congruency, step-offs or gaps in the joint surface, and entrapped osteochondral fragments.

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Geijer, M., El-Khoury, G.Y. Imaging of the acetabulum in the era of multidetector computed tomography. Emerg Radiol 14, 271 (2007).

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  • Tomography
  • Spiral-computed
  • Fractures
  • Bone
  • Acetabulum