CT: Emergency Imaging
CT imaging has always been an important tool for immediate evaluation of injuries and disease processes in an acute setting. This program shows you how that role has grown considerably with the advent of multidetector CT systems. We demonstrate how emergent CT imaging applies to every patient from young infants to elderly adults.
There is probably no better example of the need for diagnostic speed than in emergency imaging centers, where time and accuracy are critical in evaluating life-threatening conditions. Of course, there is much more to emergency imaging than accidental trauma cases – yet trauma is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the leading cause if applied to people younger than 40. CT has always been an important tool for emergency cases because it can offer decision-making opportunities that differentiate surgical from non-surgical emergencies. It also favorably impacts patient management plans. This program is a compilation of scan procedures, protocols, patient factors, and diagnostic cases that will help reinforce why things are done the way they are in emergent situations. Keep in mind there are many procedures that lead to the same result, so think of these as suggestions or recommendations for practical use.By the end of this program, the participant should be able to:
1. Examine CT case studies designed to reinforce scanning concepts and recognition of anatomical structures discussed throughout the program.
2. Review pediatric and adult imaging issues related to traumatic injury, anatomical and physiological variations, and general patient safety.
3. Apply case study information and procedural recommendations to protocols currently used in the viewer's own department.
This program specifically targets CT technologists.
1. The Scene
2. Pediatric Trauma
3. The Rest of the Story
5. Case Studies - Emergency Imaging