The sacroiliac joints: Anatomic, plain roentgenographic, and computed tomographic analysis

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  • Due to its unique bicompartmental anatomy and spatial configuration, the sacroiliac joint can be more accurately defined by computed tomography (CT) than conventional radiography. Using a tilted gantry and paraaxial scanning technique, the synovial portion of the joint is oriented vertically on the CT image, while the ligamentous portion is oriented oblique-horizontally. The tilted CT gantry technique allows full ventral-dorsal imaging of the synovial portion of the sacroiliac joint. We have found the accuracy of CT to be superior to conventional radiography in the detection of early erosive sa- croiliitis and joint space narrowing. In all patients with discrepancy between the two radiologic techniques, the changes were either only demonstrated or better demonstrated by CT than conventional radiography. © 1982 Raven Press, New York.
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  • Lawson TL; Dennis Foley W; Carrera GF; Berland LL
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  • 307
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  • 314
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  • 6
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  • 2