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Imaging of cervicothoracic junction trauma

Authors Wongwaisayawan S, Suwannanon R, Kaewlai R

Received 9 August 2012

Accepted for publication 9 October 2012

Published 18 January 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 11—27

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMI.S28865

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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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