Computed Tomography of Hand and Wrist

  • Priya SureshEmail author
  • Tishi Ninan
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The use of computed tomography (CT) in imaging has expanded radically in the last four decades since its invention. Aided by advances in computing and engineering, it has grown from being an object of curiosity in research institutions to the main modality of medical imaging across the world. Although at present, the most common use of computed tomography with respect to imaging of the hand and wrist is in trauma; easy availability, high spatial resolution and recent innovations are helping it to break new ground in assessment of soft tissue structures and dynamic imaging.


Distal Radius Distal Radius Fracture Osteoid Osteoma Carpal Bone Scaphoid Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Imaging Directorate, Department of RadiologyPlymouth Hospitals NHS TrustDevonUK

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