The Utility of Digital Tomosynthesis to the Practicing Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon: A Case Series

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Abstract

Objective:

To document the role of digital tomosynthesis (DTS) in the evaluation and treatment of orthopaedic trauma patients.

Design:

Retrospective case series.

Setting:

Level 1 trauma center with nonunion referral patient population.

Participants:

Four orthopaedic trauma patients with musculoskeletal injuries.

Intervention:

Three revision surgical procedures and 1 conservative treatment for patients with periprosthetic fractures or nonunions.

Results:

DTS successfully visualized 2 nonunions, 1 refracture, and 1 arthrodesis.

Main Outcome Measure:

Documented fracture or nonunion on imaging.

Conclusions:

DTS has the potential to be of significant value in the detection and follow-up of fractures.

Level of Evidence:

Diagnostic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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