Extremity CT

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center offers a new and advanced type of computed tomography for musculoskeletal exams of the extremities, called Extremity CT.

Benefits of Extremity CT
  • Option for either weight-bearing or non-weight bearing CT imaging of the lower extremities.
  • Metal artifact reduction.
  • Accurate, high-resolution, three-dimensional images allowing physicians to see all parts of a patient’s joint in detail.
  • The compact, rotating and open design of the machine improves patient comfort.
  • Patients with range-of-motion difficulties can be imaged comfortably.
  • Reduced radiation dose over traditional CT.

Above: Wrist before (left) and after (right) metal artifact reduction.

What Can Be Imaged?

Lower extremities:

  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Foot/toes

Upper extremities:

  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Hand/fingers
Dedicated Musculoskeletal Physicians

All of our musculoskeletal exams (MSK) are interpreted by subspecialized imaging physicians fellowship-trained in MSK imaging. Their training and experience with these exams gives them a high level of expertise.


This exam requires a physician’s referral. Call 310-423-8000, option 1, to schedule.The ordering physician will receive the report to review with the patient.