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Computed Tomography Imaging in Aortic Dissection

  • Author(s): Westfall, Amanda H.
  • Garrett, John S.
  • et al.

Emergency physicians often rely on a “triple-rule-out” computed tomography (CT) where image acquisition is timed to obtain image quality equivalent to dedicated coronary CT angiography, pulmonary CT angiography, and thoracic aorta CT angiography. This case highlights the importance of obtaining CT angiography dedicated to the aorta in the setting of high clinical suspicion for aortic disease if initial CT pulmonary angiogram is negative for aortic disease.

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