Helical CT grading of traumatic aortic injuries. Impact on clinical guidelines for medical and surgical management.

Helical CT is a reliable method for screening patients with blunt chest trauma for vascular and visceral injuries. Thoracic aortic injuries detected by CT examination affect the immediate clinical management and patient triage. This article describes the clinical indications and imaging protocols for helical CT of the chest used to detect aortic injuries… CONTINUE READING