Musculoskeletal wide detector CT: principles, techniques and applications in clinical practice and research

Eur J Radiol. 2015 May;84(5):892-900. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2014.12.033. Epub 2015 Jan 17.


A progressive increase in the detector width in CT scanners has meant that advanced techniques such as dynamic, perfusion and dual-energy CT are now at the radiologist's disposal. Although these techniques may be important for the diagnosis of various musculoskeletal diseases, data acquisition and interpretation can be challenging. This article offers a practical guide for the use of these tools including acquisition protocol, post-processing options and data interpretation based on 7 years of clinical experience in a tertiary university hospital.

Keywords: Bone subtraction; CT perfusion; Dualenergy; Dynamic CT; Musculoskeletal; Wide area detector CT.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / pathology
  • Perfusion Imaging*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / methods