Computed tomographic evaluation of surgical clip artifact: tissue phantom and experimental animal assessment.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Silverman, PM; Spicer, LD; McKinney, R; Feldman, DB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 37 - 40

PubMed ID

  • 3956187

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-4862

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0730-4862(86)90017-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States