Multidetector CT Scan in the Evaluation of Chest Pain of Nontraumatic Musculoskeletal Origin

Travis J. Hillen, Daniel E. Wessell

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Abstract

Acute nontraumatic chest pain is a common presenting symptom to the emergency department. Often, it is evaluated by thin-collimation multidetector computed tomography scan (MDCT) using pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, or coronary artery protocols. The parameters used for these protocols are very similar to those used in protocols for dedicated imaging of the musculoskeletal system. In essence, every MDCT of the chest is also a musculoskeletal examination of the chest. Familiarity with the MDCT-imaging appearance of common musculoskeletal causes of acute nontraumatic chest pain aids in interpretation of the images. This article discusses the MDCT appearance of a number of musculoskeletal causes of chest pain, including those of infectious, rheumatologic, and systemic causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Chest pain
  • Multidetector CT
  • Musculoskeletal

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