Computed Tomograph (CT)

The image shows a transverse slice through the humeral head to show the glenoid, scapula and upper thorax.

Multislice CT, with multiplanar reconstruction, is an effective way to assess fractures. It is also useful in the detection of fine calcification, which is particularly important in the diagnosis of cartilage or bone forming tumours and myositis ossificans.

CT is now the cornerstone of trauma imaging with the scanners being capable of imaging the vertex to the symphysis in one pass, and in seconds. High quality images of the whole torso are possible with reformats providing diagnostic information in a three dimensional context.