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These protocols are based on a 128 slice dual source Siemens CT. Some factors may need to be adjusted for a different CT.

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CT - Sterno Clavicular Joints

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Indications - trauma
- ? SC Joint dislocation
- lump or deformity over SC Joint
Patient Preparation If contrast required:
- 4 hours nil by mouth
- 20-22 gauge cannula inserted into the antecubital fossa
Patient Position - feet first
- supine
- arms at side
- shoulders level and symmetrical
- strap across elbows to secure
Scan Area Start above Sternal Angle
Finish Mid Sternum
kV/Quality Ref mAs/
Time per Rotation
Care kV on
Care dose 4D on
120 130 0.5 sec
Detector Collimation 0.6
Slice Thickness 3mm Pitch 0.7
IV Contrast 1-2 mls/kg 300 concentration
Scan Delay 30 sec
Reconstructions 3mm     B30s Shoulder
3mm     B70s Bone
0.75mm B30s Shoulder
0.75mm   B70s Bone
Post Processing 3mm  B30s  Shoulder Bilateral Coronal MPR
3mm  B70s  Bone Sagittal, Coronal Obl+ Axial Obl MPR (angled to sternum for coronal and perpendicular for axial)
Saphire 2 on Shoulder (soft tissue) reconstructions
3D VTR if required

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  • Date last published: 09 January 2018
  • Document type: Imaging Protocol
  • Services responsible: Paediatric Radiology

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