IS Case 207: Ring artifact

Daniel Ginat, MD, MS

Imaging Sciences URMC 2008
Publication Date: 2009-05-22


The patient is a 46-year-old female, with a history of sarcoma, presented for a follow-up CT scan.


Multiple concentric ring artifacts are noted.


Ring artifact


Third generation CT scanners are known as "rotate/rotate" because the X-ray tube and detector array are linked and rotate together as a unit. Thus, if a detector malfunctions, a circular tracing will appear on the reconstructed image and is called ring artifact. This artifact will usually be seen on at least several contiguous slices, which can help distinguish it from a real finding. Nevertheless, these artifactual rings or bands may sometimes mimic aortic dissection. Fortunately, advances in instrumentation have made ring artifacts quite rare in current practice.


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