Motion induced artifact mimicking cervical dens fracture on the CT Scan: A case report

Yoshihisa Sugimoto, Yasuo Ito, Yasuyuki Shiozaki, Tetsuya Shimokawa, Tetsuro Mazaki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)


The diagnostic performance of helical computed tomography (CT) is excellent. However, some artifacts have been reported, such as motion, beam hardening and scatter artifacts. We herein report a case of motion-induced artifact mimicking cervical dens fracture. A 60-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in cervical spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. Reconstructed CT images of the cervical spine showed a dens fracture. We assessed axial CT in detail, and motion artifact was detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Spine Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical fracture
  • Mimicking
  • Motion artifact
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

Cite this