Ballistic and Penetrating Injuries of the Chest

William Truesdell, Ashwani Gore, Denis Primakov, Howard Lieberman, Danuta Jankowska, Gayatri Joshi, Nikhil Goyal

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Ballistic injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Unstable patients have high mortality, and only a small subset arrive at the hospital alive. Many patients undergo emergent surgery upon arrival, but a small subset undergo imaging with plain film, computed tomography, and echocardiography. We present a pictorial essay of ballistic and penetrating injuries and their complications with a focus on lung, cardiac, and vascular injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W51-W59
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • ballistic
  • penetrating
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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    Truesdell, W., Gore, A., Primakov, D., Lieberman, H., Jankowska, D., Joshi, G., & Goyal, N. (2020). Ballistic and Penetrating Injuries of the Chest. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 35(2), W51-W59.