CT angiography identifies arterial bleeding

By Annie Hayashi

Study finds CT angiography for pelvic trauma identifies arterial bleeding

When critically injured patients are brought to a trauma center, the trauma team needs to identify sources of blood loss quickly and efficiently. Among the existing protocols for patients with pelvic trauma, computed tomography (CT) scanning has been widely used to detect the presence of a hematoma that can indicate arterial bleeding. At the 2007 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Jodi Siegel, MD, presented the results of a study indicating that CT angiography could also be helpful.

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