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Radiology Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 864369, 12 pages
Review Article

Multidetector Computer Tomography: Evaluation of Blunt Chest Trauma in Adults

1Department of Radiology, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Avenida Torrado da Silva, Almada, 2801-951 Setúbal, Portugal
2Department of Radiology, Hospital da Luz, Avenida Lusíada 100, 1500-650 Lisbon, Portugal
3Department of Radiology, Hospital Espírito Santo, Largo do Senhor da Pobreza, 7000-811 Évora, Portugal

Received 27 April 2014; Revised 21 July 2014; Accepted 13 August 2014; Published 8 September 2014

Academic Editor: Hoen-oh Shin

Copyright © 2014 João Palas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Imaging plays an essential part of chest trauma care. By definition, the employed imaging technique in the emergency setting should reach the correct diagnosis as fast as possible. In severe chest blunt trauma, multidetector computer tomography (MDCT) has become part of the initial workup, mainly due to its high sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy of the technique for the detection and characterization of thoracic injuries and also due to its wide availability in tertiary care centers. The aim of this paper is to review and illustrate a spectrum of characteristic MDCT findings of blunt traumatic injuries of the chest including the lungs, mediastinum, pleural space, and chest wall.