CT Angiography of the Thoracic Aorta

Jonathan H. Chung, Brian B. Ghoshhajra, Carlos A. Rojas, Bhavika R. Dave, Suhny Abbara

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Patients with thoracic aortic diseases may be completely asymptomatic (as in thoracic aortic aneurysms) or present acutely with severe chest pain (as in acute aortic dissections). Thoracic aortic disease is often occult until a life-threatening complication occurs or the disease is discovered incidentally on imaging. Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) can be used to diagnose various acute and chronic abnormalities of the aorta, including aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, traumatic aortic transection, and congenital malformations. This article reviews the MDCT appearance of various thoracic aortic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-264
Number of pages16
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Aortic coarctation
  • Aortic dissection
  • Aortic transection
  • CT angiography
  • Intramural hematoma
  • MDCT
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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