Computed Tomography in the Equine Patient
Under general anesthesia, this form of radiographic evaluation provides illustration of bony and soft tissue lesions in transverse slices unavailable with routine radiographic imaging.
This approach provides more complete characterization of fractures and other bony lesions thus allowing the surgeon to direct the approach to repair.
The Use of CT Scans During Surgery
The use of computed tomography (CT) scans during orthopedic surgery to completely characterize the break has been seminal in the overall treatment protocol. A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles, and using computer processing, creates cross-section images of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues. The surgeon can easily comprehend the complete three-dimensional configuration of the fracture.
Many repairs are now done with minimally invasive surgery, using a combination of the CT, intraoperative fluoroscopy (real-time X-ray), and arthroscopy. The entire procedure is performed through tiny incisions instead of surgically opening up the leg.
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