Detection of aortic tear in the acute trauma patient using MRI

Stephen M. Cohn, Jeffrey S. Pollak, Shirley McCarthy, Linda C. Degutis

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Traumatic aortic tears are life threatening and, therefore, need to be evaluated urgently. Typically, a thoracic aortogram is conducted; however, aortography occasionally demonstrates nonspecific abnormalities. These equivocal examinations can lead to unnecessary thoracotomies, or repeated angiography and catastrophic delays in aortic repair. We report a case in which magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was very useful in the diagnosis of aortic tear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-967
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic tear
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Thoracic aortogram
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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