Clin Radiol 2021 01 2;76(1):38-49. Epub 2020 Sep 2.
Monash Health, Dandenong Hospital, 135 David St, Dandenong, Victoria, 3175, Australia; Monash Health, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, Australia; Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, 27 Rainforest Walk, Clayton, Victoria, 3800, Australia.
Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) combines the advantages of conventional CT with the ability to detect bone marrow oedema (BMO), which was previously limited to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). By analysing DECT virtual non-calcium (VNCa) maps, radiologists can improve the detection of subtle and occult fractures and approximate the acuity/healing of fractures of indeterminate age. This review highlights the role of DECT in the assessment of musculoskeletal trauma, particularly among elderly, post-menopausal women and those at risk for osteoporosis. Read More