Imaging of cervicothoracic junction trauma
Sirote Wongwaisayawan,1 Ruedeekorn Suwannanon,2 Rathachai Kaewlai1
1Department of Radiology, Ramathibodi Hospital and Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand
Abstract: Cervicothoracic junction trauma is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in trauma patients. Imaging has played an important role in identifying injuries and guiding appropriate, timely therapy. Computed tomography is currently a method of choice for diagnosing cervicothoracic junction trauma, in which the pattern of injuries often suggests possible mechanisms and potential injuries. In this article, the authors describe and illustrate common and uncommon injuries that can occur in the cervicothoracic junction.
Keywords: cervicothoracic junction, cervical spine, trauma, imaging, radiology
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