, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 131-137

Pelvic CT angiography: application to blunt trauma using 64MDCT

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Abstract

The evolution of multi-row detector computed tomography (MDCT) technology has resulted in evolving applications of CT angiography (CTA) in the trauma setting. In patients with significant blunt pelvic injuries, the immediate diagnosis and characterization of vascular injuries is of significant import given their morbidity and mortality in this patient population. The application of MDCT technology, specifically 64MDCT, to pelvic CTA is useful in evaluating for potential vascular injuries and may be integrated into admission trauma imaging in order to triage patients with blunt pelvic trauma to appropriate emergent intervention. This paper will discuss the use of pelvic CTA in blunt pelvic trauma and its utility in detecting and characterizing vascular injury, including the differentiation of arterial from venous hemorrhage. Protocol considerations in pelvic CTA using 64MDCT technology will be detailed as well as the integration of pelvic CTA into torso CT trauma protocols.