Emergency Computed Tomography Angiogram of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis
In the setting of blunt trauma, the rapid assessment of internal injuries is essential to prevent potentially fatal outcomes. Computed tomography is a useful diagnostic tool for both screening and diagnosis. In addition to trauma, acute chest syndromes often warrant emergent computed tomographic angiography, looking for etiologies such as aortic aneurysms or complications of aortic aneurysms, or both, pulmonary emboli, as well as other acute vascular process like aortic dissection and Takayasu aortitis. With continued improvements in diagnostic imaging, computed tomographic angiography of the chest, abdominal and pelvis proves to be an effective modality to image the aorta and other major vascular structures.
Weatherspoon K1, Gilbertie W2, Catanzano T2. Emergency Computed Tomography Angiogram of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2017 Aug;38(4):370-383.