Imaging methods used in aortic dissection

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6921.136c (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:136
  1. C M Francis,
  2. G R Sutherland,
  3. C M Turnbull
  1. Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

    EDITOR, - In the second of their articles on chest radiographs in emergency radiology D W Hodgkinson and colleagues state that the diagnosis of aortic dissection depends ultimately on arteriography.1 This traditional view has become outdated with the introduction of quicker, less invasive methods that provide more detailed images. These include transoesophageal echocardiography. computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Arteriography is slow and invasive, carries considerable risk, and may be non-diagnostic.2 …

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