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CT and MRI of acute thoracic cardiovascular emergencies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17964365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A wide spectrum of acute cardiovascular disorders is seen in patients who are hospitalized in a critical care setting. Imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis and management of these conditions. The most frequently used imaging remains chest radiography; however, more advanced modalities, including coronary angiography, echocardiography, and radioisotope scintigraphy, have well established roles in the assessment of patients in the critical care setting. More recently, multidetector row CT (MDCT) and MRI are being used increasingly for evaluation of coronary artery disease, cardiac structure and function, coronary artery anomalies, cardiac masses, pericardial disease, valvular disease, postoperative cardiovascular abnormalities, venous thromboembolism and acute aortic syndromes, often with other ancillary findings that can provide important clinical information. The three most common life-threatening cardiovascular processes in which advanced imaging plays a role, particularly CT, are discussed, including pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, and coronary artery disease.
Aamer Chughtai; Ella A Kazerooni
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care clinics     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0749-0704     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Clin     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-29     Completed Date:  2008-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507720     Medline TA:  Crit Care Clin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  835-53, vii     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0326, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Aneurysm, Dissecting / diagnosis,  radiography
Aortic Aneurysm / diagnosis,  radiography
Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis*,  radiography
Coronary Disease / diagnosis,  radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis,  radiography
Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*

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