Asian Spine J.  2012 Sep;6(3):216-218. 10.4184/asj.2012.6.3.216.

Motion Induced Artifact Mimicking Cervical Dens Fracture on the CT Scan: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe Red Cross Hospital, Hyogo, Japan. yoshihisa64@hotmail.com

Abstract

The diagnostic performance of helical computed tomography (CT) is excellent. However, some artifacts have been reported, such as motion, beam hardening and scatter artifacts. We herein report a case of motion-induced artifact mimicking cervical dens fracture. A 60-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in cervical spinal cord injury and quadri plegia. Reconstructed CT images of the cervical spine showed a dens fracture. We assessed axial CT in detail, and motion artifact was detected.

Keyword

Reconstruction; Motion artifact; Mimicking; Cervical fracture
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