Bone and Joint CT Scans are performed to demonstrate breaks (fractures), malignancy (cancer), degenerative disease and infection of the bones or joints in the body. They provide more detail of the bony architecture than X-Rays, but are less accurate than MRI scans in defining soft tissue damage.
How the Test is Performed
Bone and Joint CT Scans are performed in the radiology department scanning room, with the patient lying flat (supine) on a CT table. The head is placed in a comfortable ‘docking pillow’ and the CT scanner gantry (donut) passess over and around the affected limb to perform the scan.
Medical Conditions and Symptoms
Bone and Joint CT Scans are useful in defining infection, trauma, degenerative disease and congenital abnormalities of bones and joints.
Test Results Explained
Bone and Joint CT Scans are accurate and sensitive in determining small bone breaks (fractures), periosteal reaction (infection and inflammation of the bone) and degenerative disease of the bone.
- Blood Test (venesection)
- Intravenous Cannulation
- Joint aspiration
- Bone and Joint X-Rays
- Cervical Spine X-Ray (C-Spine X-Ray)
- Pelvic X-Ray
- Cervical Spine CT
- Pelvic CT
- White Cell Count (WCC)
Also Known As
- Limb CT