Imaging the Chest Trauma Patient
Trauma is the third leading cause of death in the USA and the leading cause of death for those younger than 40 years of age. Approximately 25% of trauma deaths result from thoracic injuries. In the USA each year, >300,000 patients are hospitalized and >25,000 die as a consequence of chest trauma [1, 2, 3]. Blunt trauma accounts for 90% of chest trauma, and the most common cases of blunt trauma are motor vehicle collisions and falls [4, 5].
KeywordsBlunt Trauma Chest Trauma Aortic Injury Thoracic Injury Pulmonary Contusion
- 2.Blaisdell F, Trunkey D (1994) Trauma management III: Cervicothoracic trauma, 2nd edn. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NYGoogle Scholar
- 13.Mirvis SE, Shanmuganathan K, Miller BH et al (1996) Traumatic aortic injury: diagnosis with contrast-enhanced thoracic CT — Five-year experience at a major trauma center. Radiology 1200:413–422Google Scholar