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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11

Evaluation of Orthopedic Metal Artifact Reduction Application in Three-Dimensional Computed Tomography Reconstruction of Spinal Instrumentation: A Single Saudi Center Experience


Department of Radiodiagnosis, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt; Department of Medical Imaging, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, Riyadh 13571-6262, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Amir Monir Ali
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt. Department of Medical Imaging, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, Riyadh 13571-6262, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.227125

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Aim of the Study: The aim of the study was to evaluate the commercially available orthopedic metal artifact reduction (OMAR) technique in postoperative three-dimensional computed tomography (3DCT) reconstruction studies after spinal instrumentation and to investigate its clinical application. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty (120) patients with spinal metallic implants were included in the study. All had 3DCT reconstruction examinations using the OMAR software after obtaining the informed consents and approval of the Institution Ethical Committee. The degree of the artifacts, the related muscular density, the clearness of intermuscular fat planes, and definition of the adjacent vertebrae were qualitatively evaluated. The diagnostic satisfaction and quality of the 3D reconstruction images were thoroughly assessed. Results: The majority (96.7%) of 3DCT reconstruction images performed were considered satisfactory to excellent for diagnosis. Only 3.3% of the reconstructed images had rendered unacceptable diagnostic quality. Conclusion: OMAR can effectively reduce metallic artifacts in patients with spinal instrumentation with highly diagnostic 3DCT reconstruction images.


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