Computed tomographic evaluation of surgical clip artifact: tissue phantom and experimental animal assessment.
Surgical clips in postoperative patients create streak artifact on computed tomographic (CT) studies which often significantly degrade image quality. We have evaluated three types of surgical clips: tantalum, stainless steel, and titanium in a phantom and animal model to assess their relative CT artifact. Tantalum clips showed the greatest artifact, stainless steel intermediate, and titanium the least artifact. Artifact could be reduced with the use of faster scan times. The type of clip used may enter into surgical decision making depending upon the need for high resolution scanning to detect small pathological processes in the area of surgical clips.
Silverman, PM; Spicer, LD; McKinney, R; Feldman, DB
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