Tendons and Ligaments
The imaging of tendons and ligaments was the domain of MRI and ultrasound, so far. The dual-energy CT offers a new imaging method to visualize tendons and ligaments.
Tendons of the hand and wrist but also of the foot, talocrural region and Achilles tendon could be demonstrated by dual-enery CT. Not only normal tendons can be shown, it is reported that even lesions can be depicted.
The visualization of ligaments at the knee with dual-energy CT is possible. The significance of this new method has to be shown. At the moment it seems to be an interesting alternative in patients with MRI contraindications. The results of depiction of the tendons and ligaments in the shoulder with dual-energy CT are not promising yet.