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Are Multiplanar Reconstructions Necessary in Routine Body Computed Tomography Practice?: What Is the Published Evidence?

Long, Svati Singla MD; Johnson, Pamela T. MD; Horton, Karen M. MD; Fishman, Elliot K. MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September/October 2010 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - pp 689-698
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3181e5ce78
Abdominal Imaging

Objective: During computed tomography interpretation, some anatomical regions are optimally displayed in planes other than axial. The purpose of this review was to define best interpretative practice, by demonstrating through literature review and case demonstration the computed tomography applications that should routinely include multiplanar viewing of the volume.

Conclusions: Owing to multidetector-row computed tomography technology, multiplanar reconstructions not only have become realistic and reliable but also, in some clinical settings, have been shown to improve diagnostic accuracy and interpretation speed.

From the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiologic Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Received for publication March 28, 2010; accepted April 20, 2010.

Reprints: Pamela T. Johnson, MD, The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiologic Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 601 N Caroline St, Room 3140D, Baltimore, MD 21287 (e-mail: Pjohnso5@jhmi.edu).

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