Objective: The objective of our study was to discover the types and incidence of artifacts in dual-energy CT (DECT) using datasets of 50 consecutive patients who underwent a four-limb DECT protocol for the evaluation of suspected gout. Identification of artifacts and techniques for artifact reduction are discussed.
Conclusion: Artifacts commonly occur in DECT performed for gout assessment but are usually readily recognizable. For 90% of the patients in our study who underwent imaging for suspected gout, DECT showed some type of artifact, with nail bed and skin artifacts being the most common.
Keywords: artifact; artifact reduction; dual-energy CT; gout; urate.