Skip Navigation LinksHome > September 2012 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 > Role of Volume Rendered 3-D Computed Tomography in Conservat...
Journal of Thoracic Imaging:
doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31821bdaa0
Web Exclusive Content-Case Reports: Cardiovascular

Role of Volume Rendered 3-D Computed Tomography in Conservative Management of Trauma-related Thoracic Injuries

O'Leary, Donal Peter MB; Soo, Alan MD; McLaughlin, Patrick MB; Aherne, Thomas Mch

Collapse Box


Pneumatic nail guns are a tool used commonly in the construction industry and are widely available. Accidental injuries from nail guns are common, and several cases of suicide using a nail gun have been reported. Computed tomographic (CT) imaging, together with echocardiography, has been shown to be the gold standard for investigation of these cases. We present a case of a 55-year-old man who presented to the accident and emergency unit of a community hospital following an accidental pneumatic nail gun injury to his thorax. Volume-rendered CT of the thorax allowed an accurate assessment of the thoracic injuries sustained by this patient. As there was no evidence of any acute life-threatening injury, a sternotomy was avoided and the patient was observed closely until discharge. In conclusion, volume-rendered 3-dimensional CT can greatly help in the decision to avoid an unnecessary sternotomy in patients with a thoracic nail gun injury.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.