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Magnetic resonance imaging is useful

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:875
  1. I A Simpson,
  2. D J Delany,
  3. S A Livesey,
  4. B C Ogilvie
  1. Consultant cardiologist Consultant radiologist Consultant cardiac surgeon Consultant radiologist Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR,—We take issue with Adrian P Banning and colleagues' opinion that transoesophageal echocardiography is the investigation of choice in acute dissection of the thoracic aorta.1 We agree that early and accurate diagnosis is essential if patients are to be offered the benefits of surgery for a type A dissection. To this end patients should be transferred rapidly to a regional cardiothoracic unit, where a …

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