Penetrating neck trauma may occur from gun shots, stabbings, and accidental injury. Approximately 50% of gunshot and 10%-20% of stab-wound patients are reported as having severe injuries and the mortality from severe vascular injuries is reported as high as 50%. Penetrating traumatic neck injury is no longer best managed with exploratory surgery or conventional angiography in the stable patient. Computed tomography angiography has proven to be a useful, safe, and reliable means of diagnosis. Experience with interpreting and reconstructing computed tomography images, understanding the clinically important findings, and avoiding pitfalls is critical for successful patient care. Therefore, radiologists and clinicians who treat trauma patients need to familiarize themselves with the computed tomography angiography technique and appearances of vascular injury and know when to recommend further evaluation, such as interventional angiography or open surgery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging