Dissecting aortic aneurysm is a severe disease which involves a wide region of the aorta and its branches. Although several echocardiographic approaches have been tried and reported [1–3], due to limited echo beam penetration through the chest or abdominal wall only a part of the lesion is visualized. In 1984 Börner et al.  first reported a transesophageal approach to aortic dissection. In 1986 we  first reported the use of transesophageal echo (TEE) color flow mapping for this complex disorder and its chinical usefulness in accurately diagnosing it. Although computer tomography (CT) is a major noninvasive diagnostic measure in this disease , precise comparisons between these two modalities as yet have not been made. In this study we evaluated the clinical significance of transesophageal color flow mapping in diagnosis of dissecting aortic aneurysm, comparing it with CT.
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