What is the role of CT scanning in the assessment of tibial plateau fractures?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Srinivasa Vidyadhara, MBBS, DNB, MS(Orth), DNB(Orth), FNB(SpineSurg), MNAMS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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By acquiring thin axial slices through the knee and reconstructing the image data in the sagittal and coronal planes, computed tomography (CT) provides more detailed information. The information obtained from a CT scan can help determine the best surgical approach based on the fracture planes seen on the computer images. Three-dimensional spiral (helical) CT reconstructions yield a better and more accurate demonstration of the tibial plateau fracture. They present the anatomy in the view the surgeon will see when surgery is performed.


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