To determine the value of multiplanar reformations (MPRs) in multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) diagnosis of acute vertebral fractures and to assess the necessity to read the whole set of transverse images.Methods:
Retrospectively, 56 MDCT of 55 patients with acute vertebral fractures were included. The images were analyzed by two radiologists in a consensus procedure. First, the diagnosis was made exclusively from sagittal and coronal MPRs; secondly, the transverse images were analyzed with knowledge of the MPRs. Diagnostic accuracy is given as percentage. Image amounts were compared using the Wilcoxon test.Results:
In 244 vertebral bodies, all 70 fractured vertebrae were diagnosed on reviewing MPRs only. There were no false positive cases. In 2/70 fractures, the anatomically exact diagnosis was complemented by reading the transverse images. Forty-two of 43 unstable fractures were diagnosed correctly on MPRs only. With preference of MPR reading, the total number of images to be analyzed could be reduced significantly (P < 0.01).Conclusion:
Reading of MPRs alone is a feasible approach for correct assessment of vertebral fractures and classifying them into stable/unstable, if MPRs are done properly. Transverse images must be analyzed in complex fractures or uncertain findings.