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Whole body MDCT just as 'good' as neck MDCT angiography in diagnosing head and neck injuries
Date:3/28/2008

(69% for whole-body MDCT and 64% for MDCTA) and blunt vertebral artery injuries (74% for whole-body MDCT and 68% for MDCTA), but specificities were high for both carotid (82% for whole-body MDCT and 94% for MDCTA) and vertebral artery injuries (91% for whole-body MDCT and 100% for MDCTA). The two techniques diagnosed blunt cerebrovascular injuries with statistically comparable accuracy, said Dr. Sliker.

Since the specificity of whole-body MDCT and neck MDCTA are comparably high, management decisions can be reliably based on positive whole-body MDCT results. In addition, routine use of whole-body MDCT would facilitate diagnosis and treatment of asymptomatic blunt cerebrovascular injuries in patients without typical risk factors for injuries, said Dr. Sliker.


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