[Innovations in emergency management of chest pain with CT angiography]

Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 2007 Dec;26(12):1073-7. doi: 10.1016/j.annfar.2007.10.018. Epub 2007 Nov 26.
[Article in French]


Recent technological innovations modify the diagnosis opportunities of multislice CT angiography. Emergency chest pain management is therefore optimised and still oriented by clinical presentation. Aortic CT angiography allows the diagnosis and classification of aortic dissection or intramural haematoma. It also shows the extension to aortic thoracoabdominal branches and visceral involvement. Pulmonary embolism diagnosis will be completed by scanographic evaluation of its seriousness. Chest pain caused by pulmonary or digestive diseases will also be documented. A late phase imaging seems useful to diagnose acute myocardial pathology.

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / methods
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / complications
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging
  • Chest Pain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Chest Pain / etiology
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Embolism / complications
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*