COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC EVALUATION OF COMMINUTED MIDDLE PHALANGEAL FRACTURES IN THE HORSE
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2005
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 424–429, November 1997
How to Cite
Rose, P. L., Seeherman, H. and O'Callaghan, M. (1997), COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC EVALUATION OF COMMINUTED MIDDLE PHALANGEAL FRACTURES IN THE HORSE. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 38: 424–429. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.1997.tb00865.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2005
- Recieved June 12, 1996; accepted for publication November 26, 1996.
- computed tomography;
- middle phalangeal fractures
Comminuted fractures of the middle phalanx have been well described in the horse. Choice of treatment, surgical planning and prognosis have traditionally been based upon evaluation of radiographs. However, the complex nature of comminuted fractures makes radiographic interpretation difficult. Computed tomography (CT) allows the production of cross-sectional images with spatial separation of structures which are superimposed on survey radiographs. This allows accurate assessment of the number and direction of fracture lines within the bone. In this paper we report the use of CT in the evaluation of 6 comminuted middle phalangeal fractures. Computed tomography is potentially useful in deciding the type of treatment, surgical planning and determining the prognosis.