Dual energy CT (DECT) is becoming increasingly popular and valuable in the domain of musculoskeletal imaging. Gout maps and crystal detection have been predominant indications for about a decade. Other important indications of bone marrow maps and metal artifact reduction are also frequent with added advantages of detection and characterization of bone marrow lesions similar to MR imaging and diagnosis of hardware related complications, respectively. This article discusses technical considerations and physics of DECT imaging and its role in musculoskeletal indications apart from crystal imaging with respective case examples and review of the related literature. DECT pitfalls in these domains are also highlighted and the reader can gain knowledge of above concepts for prudent use of DECT in their musculoskeletal and general practices.
- Bone marrow
- Dual energy CT
- Metal artifact reduction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging