Journal article

The use of chest computed tomography versus chest X-ray in patients with major blunt trauma

Matthias Traub, Mark Stevenson, Suzanne McEvoy, Greg Briggs, Sing Kai Lo, Steven Leibman, Tony Joseph

INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Computed tomography (CT) scans are often used in the evaluation of patients with blunt trauma. This study identifies the clinical features associated with further diagnostic information obtained on a CT chest scan compared with a standard chest X-ray in patients sustaining blunt trauma to the chest. METHODS: A 2-year retrospective survey of 141 patients who attended a Level 1 trauma centre for blunt trauma and had a chest CT scan and a chest X-ray as part of an initial assessment was undertaken. Data extracted from the medical record included vital signs, laboratory findings, interventions and the type and severity of injury. RESULTS: The CT chest scan is significantly more lik..

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