Computerised tomography scan imaging in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Intensive Care Med. 2001 Apr;27(4):631-9. doi: 10.1007/s001340100877.


Computerised tomography (CT) is being used with increasing frequency in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients. This brief review will discuss some of the clinical insights that a CT scan can offer. A large number of CT scan studies have provided new insights into the pathophysiology of ARDS and of mechanical ventilation, and are particularly focused on the recruitment-derecruitment phenomenon. To this end, newer fast CT scan technology promises a dynamic, rather than a static view of lung ventilation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / diagnostic imaging*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / therapy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*