ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E2091. Acute Pericardial Emergencies
  1. Katelyn Bothwell; University of Rochester Medical Center
  2. Steven Cioffi; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  3. Robert Ambrosini; University of Rochester Medical Center
  4. Abhishek Chaturvedi; University of Rochester Medical Center
CT of the chest is often the first line imaging modality for assessment of chest pain in an acute setting. Acute pericardial pathologies can also be difficult to identify on CT and can be overlooked. Knowledge of abnormalities involving the pericardium and ability to recognize these findings can be critical to appropriate and timely patient management. The goal of this presentation is to familiarize the reader with acute pericardial pathologies and how to best proceed with assisting in management.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This exhibit aims to review relevant cardiac anatomy;.review imaging features of acute pericardial emergencies with emphasis on CT; and understand the management of pericardial emergencies.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Key points of this exhibit include: anatomy of the heart and pericardium; pathophysiology of pericardial pathologies; and imaging features of pericardial pathologies.

Chest CT is one of the most common imaging studies ordered in an acute setting. Recognition of important pericardial findings and next steps in management is essential for optimal patient care.