SPECT/CT in imaging foot and ankle pathology-the demise of other coregistration techniques

Semin Nucl Med. 2010 Jan;40(1):41-51. doi: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2009.08.004.


Disorders of the ankle and foot are common and given the complex anatomy and function of the foot, they present a significant clinical challenge. Imaging plays a crucial role in the management of these patients, with multiple imaging options available to the clinician. The American College of radiology has set the appropriateness criteria for the use of the available investigating modalities in the management of foot and ankle pathologies. These are broadly classified into anatomical and functional imaging modalities. Recently, single-photon emission computed tomography and/or computed tomography scanners, which can elegantly combine functional and anatomical images have been introduced, promising an exciting and important development. This review describes our clinical experience with single-photon emission computed tomography and/or computed tomography and discusses potential applications of these techniques.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ankle / pathology
  • Foot Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • Ultrasonography