Specific Anatomic RegionLumbar spine
ApplicationEvaluate suspected fracture
AuthorFishman EK
Reference SourcePersonal communication
Scanner UsedSiemens Somatom Plus 4
Injection RateN/A
Contrast Volume and TypeN/A
Area ScannedWill vary but typically from T-12/L1 through L5-S1
Scan Delay None
Length of Spiral (time)30-40sec
Slice Thickness3mm
Table Speed/Pitch3-5mm/sec or a pitch of 1-1.6
Reconstruction Interval2mm
3D Technique UsedVRT
Comment: The key to this study is a motion-free exam. A high-resolution bone algorithm can be used to optimize the transaxial data. Sagittal images are often very useful in these cases as well.