The Diagnosis of Thoracic Aortic Dissection by Noninvasive Imaging Procedures

George Hartnell, Philip Costello, Steven A. Goldstein, Joseph Lindsay, Ramachandran Vasan, Christoph A. Nienaber, Rolf P. Spielmann, Joaquin E. Cigarroa, Kim A. Eagle, Eric M. Isselbacher

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To the Editor: The paper by Nienaber et al.1 and the review article by Cigarroa et al.2 (Jan. 7 issue) on diagnosing thoracic aortic dissection demonstrate the problems of evaluating rapidly developing imaging techniques. Progress in computed tomographic (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is so rapid that the results of studies carried out over a five-year period1 or reported in the late 1970s and 1980s do not reflect the best current standards of clinical imaging. The CT technique used by Nienaber et al.1 was satisfactory for the older scanner (Somatom II) used in their study but not for…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1637-1638
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 3 1993
Externally publishedYes

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