E2145. Blunt Chest Injury: What the Radiologist Needs to Know
  1. Hailey Chang; Boston University Medical Center
  2. Mashya Abbassi; Boston University Medical Center
  3. Neha Khemani; Boston University Medical Center
  4. Ashwin Jain; Boston University Medical Center
  5. Christina Lebedis; Boston University Medical Center
MDCT protocol in thoracic trauma. Imaging pearls/pitfalls related to acute aortic injury, blunt cardiac trauma, pleural injury, pulmonary contusion/laceration, diaphragmatic injury, common thoracic musculoskeletal injuries. Treatment of various blunt thoracic injuries.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Discuss the current MDCT protocol for imaging in thoracic trauma. Understand common mechanisms of thoracic trauma. Identify the imaging characteristics related to blunt thoracic trauma. Review common imaging pearls/pitfalls related to blunt thoracic trauma. Illustrate various treatment strategies for different types of thoracic injuries.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Chest trauma, blunt injury, emergency radiology, and computed tomography.

CT can quickly and accurately diagnose a variety of thoracic vascular and non-vascular trauma injuries.