Penetrating Thoracic Injury

Anthony M. Durso, Kim Caban, Felipe Munera

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This article discusses the role of radiology in evaluating patients with penetrating injuries to the chest. Penetrating injuries to the chest encompass ballistic and nonballistic injuries and can involve superficial soft tissues of the chest wall, lungs and pleura, diaphragm, and mediastinum. The mechanism of injury in ballistic and nonballistic trauma and the impact the injury trajectory has on imaging evaluation of penetrating injuries to the chest are discussed. The article presents the broad spectrum of imaging findings a radiologist encounters with penetrating injuries to the chest, with emphasis on injuries to the lungs and pleura, diaphragm, and mediastinum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-693
Number of pages19
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Diaphragmatic injuries
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Lung injuries
  • Multidetector CT
  • Penetrating chest trauma
  • Pneumothorax
  • Transmediastinal injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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