The place of multidetector computed tomography in cases with chest trauma
Atanas Hilendarov, Kichka Velkova, Nikolay Sirakov, Alexandar Georgiev, Liubomir Chervenkov
Introduction: Chest traumas are a significant cause of mortality and morbidity. They commonly occur in the younger population and are the most common cause of death in people between 25 and 40 years of age. This article summarises the place of MDCT in the diagnosis, examination technique and findings in injuries of the chest trauma patients. Methods: Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is considered to be the most effective imaging method in this field. Its advantages include especially high speed and high geometric resolution at any plane, multiplanar and three-dimensional (3D) reformations. Results: MDCT allows us to view diagnosis significantly more accurate. One hundred and twelve patients are examined at the Emergency department. In 56 (50%) of all 112 patients included in the our study, fractures of the ribsare the most common traumas. Conclusion: Because of its advantages MDCT has become the first-choice method in chest trauma patients.