A computed tomography of bones and joints is generally carried out in order to assess the shape and structure of the bone. In cases where an image of the soft tissue is required (muscles, tendons, ligaments, articular cartilage), we are more likely to select MRI.
Due to its calcium content the bone substance is very radioopaque and can be seen in sharp contrast to the surrounding soft-tissue structures. Normally no contrast agent is required in CT.
Frequent cases where CT scans of bones and joints are required include:
- Accidents and their consequences
- Complex fractures or fractures in areas of the body which are anatomically difficult to assess
- For conclusive evidence of the presence or absence of a fracture, if the conventional X-ray image only provides a suspected diagnosis
- Planning before an operation or after-care treatment following surgery
- Suspected herniated discs
A computed tomography of bones and joints is generally carried out in order to assess the shape and structure of the bone.