Vascular diseases of the thorax: evaluation with multidetector CT.

Chiles C, Carr JJ
Radiol Clin North Am. 2005 43 (3): 543-69, viii

PMID: 15847815 · DOI:10.1016/j.rcl.2005.02.010

The list of vascular diseases in the thorax has been narrowed to three, which are considered essential information for radiologists interpreting CT scans of the thorax: (1) aortic dissection and its variants, intramural hematoma and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer; (2) acute pulmonary embolism; and (3) coronary artery disease. The spatial resolution of multidetector CT is such that CT has become the imaging modality of choice for aortic dissection and pulmonary embolism. This move away from angiography has transpired over the last decade; perhaps the next decade will see the same occur for evaluation of coronary artery disease.

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Aneurysm, Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Arteriosclerosis Coronary Disease Hematoma Humans Image Processing, Computer-Assisted Pulmonary Embolism Radiographic Image Enhancement Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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