|Title||Evaluation of the Diagnostic Accuracy of Conventional 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional Computed Tomography for Assessing Canine Sacral and Pelvic Fractures by Radiologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, and Veterinary Medical Students.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Stieger-Vanegas SM, Senthirajah SKumar Jami, Nemanic S, Baltzer W, Warnock J, Hollars K, Lee SS, Bobe G|
|Date Published||2015 Aug|
|Keywords||Animals, Cadaver, Dogs, Fractures, Bone, Humans, Imaging, Three-Dimensional, Orthopedics, Pelvic Bones, Prospective Studies, Reproducibility of Results, Retrospective Studies, Sacrum, Students, Medical, Surgeons, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Veterinary Medicine|
OBJECTIVE: To determine, using 3 groups of evaluators of varying experience reading orthopedic CT studies, if 3-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) provides a more accurate and time efficient method for diagnosis of canine sacral and pelvic fractures, and displacements of the sacroiliac and coxofemoral joints compared with 2-dimensional computed tomography (2D-CT).
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical and prospective study.
ANIMALS: Dogs (n = 23): 12 dogs with traumatic pelvic fractures, 11 canine cadavers with pelvic trauma induced by a lateral impactor.
METHODS: All dogs had a 2D-CT exam of the pelvis and subsequent 3D-CT reconstructions from the 2D-CT images. Both 2D-CT and 3D-CT studies were anonymized and randomly presented to 2 veterinary radiologists, 2 veterinary orthopedic surgeons, and 2 veterinary medical students. Evaluators classified fractures using a confidence scale and recorded the duration of evaluation for each modality and case.
RESULTS: 3D-CT was a more time-efficient technique for evaluation of traumatic sacral and pelvic injuries compared with 2D-CT in all evaluator groups irrespective of experience level reading orthopedic CT studies. However, for radiologists and surgeons, 2D-CT was the more accurate technique for evaluating sacral and pelvic fractures.
CONCLUSION: 3D-CT improves sacral and pelvic fracture diagnosis when added to 2D-CT; however, 3D-CT has a reduced accuracy for evaluation of sacral and pelvic fractures if used without concurrent evaluation of 2D-CT images.
|Alternate Journal||Vet Surg|