Radiographic imaging is critical in helping guide treatment of critically injured patients. Cone-beam computed tomography is an axial imaging technique available from fixed imaging systems found in hybrid operating rooms. It can be used to provide focused studies of specific anatomical regions, where patients cannot undergo conventional multidetector computed tomography. This includes non-contrast-enhanced evaluation of the intracranial contents and vascular imaging throughout the body. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to cone-beam computed tomography, but these are not widely discussed within the trauma literature. This narrative review article presents the initial practical experience of this novel imaging modality.
- Cone-beam CT
- Hybrid operating room