Digital tomosynthesis of the pediatric elbow

Matthew A. Zapala, Kristin Livingston, Andrew S. Phelps, John D. MacKenzie

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Imaging pediatric elbow trauma in the acute setting remains diagnostically challenging given difficult patient positioning, multiple ossification centers of the pediatric elbow, overlapping structures, and complex joint anatomy. Digital tomosynthesis is a technique where the X-ray source travels across a limited arc angle, obtaining a series of low-dose exposures that are in turn digitally reconstructed to produce high in-plane resolution at a relatively low overall radiation dose. Digital tomosynthesis is now more commonly integrated into standard radiographic machines and offers a new and exciting way to assess the pediatric elbow. In this review article we discuss the clinical applications of digital tomosynthesis in pediatric elbow trauma along with challenges related to technique, patient positioning and artifacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1651
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Digital tomosynthesis
  • Elbow
  • Fracture
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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