Computed tomographic evaluation of comminuted middle ...

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Title Computed tomographic evaluation of comminuted middle phalangeal fractures in the horse
Author(s) Patricia L. Rose, H. Seeherman, M. O'Callaghan
Journal Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound: The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association
Date 1997
Volume 38
Issue 6
Start page 424
End page 429
Abstract Comminuted fractures of the middle phalanx have been well described in the horse. Choice of treatment, surgical planning and prognosis have traditionally been based upon evaluation of radiographs. However, the complex nature of comminuted fractures makes radiographic interpretation difficult. Computed tomography (CT) allows the production of cross-sectional images with spatial separation of structures which are superimposed on survey radiographs. This allows accurate assessment of the number and direction of fracture lines within the bone. In this paper we report the use of CT in the evaluation of 6 comminuted middle phalangeal fractures. Computed tomography is potentially useful in deciding the type of treatment, surgical planning and determining the prognosis.

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