Acute aortic syndromes: Role of multi-detector row CT

Eur J Radiol. 2008 Mar;65(3):350-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2007.09.020. Epub 2007 Nov 13.


Acute thoracic aortic syndromes encompass a spectrum of emergencies including aortic dissection, intramural haematoma, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer and aneurysm rupture. All these life-threatening conditions require prompt diagnosis and appropriate management. To date multi-detector row Computed Tomography represents a valuable diagnostic tool especially in the emergency setting. This paper focus on the use of multi-detector row Computed Tomography in the evaluation of acute thoracic aortic syndromes and illustrates the key imaging findings related to each disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aortic Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aortic Diseases / etiology
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Risk Factors
  • Syndrome
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*


  • Contrast Media