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CT Imaging of Cardiac Trauma

  • Demetrios A. Raptis
  • Sanjeev Bhalla
  • Constantine A. Raptis
Emergency Radiology (J Yu, Section Editor)
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  1. Emergency Radiology

Abstract

Cardiac injury can occur in the setting of blunt and penetrating trauma resulting in significantly adverse clinical outcomes. While the clinical presentation is variable and computed tomographic (CT) imaging is rarely performed to specifically evaluate for cardiac injury, the ability to recognize the findings of cardiac injury on CT examinations performed for thoracic trauma is essential to avoid misdiagnosis and direct potentially life-saving intervention. This article reviews the direct and indirect CT findings of cardiac injury.

Keywords

Cardiac trauma Blunt cardiac injury Penetrating cardiac injury Myocardial contusion Myocardial rupture 

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Demetrios A. Raptis, Sanjeev Bhalla, and Constantine A. Raptis each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetrios A. Raptis
    • 1
  • Sanjeev Bhalla
    • 1
  • Constantine A. Raptis
    • 1
  1. 1.Mallinckrodt Institute of RadiologySt. LouisUSA

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