Traumatic Ventricular Septal Defect: Characterization With Electrocardiogram-gated Cardiac Computed Tomography AngiographyRojas, Carlos A. MD*; Cruite, Dana M. BS†; Chung, Jonathan H. MD‡Journal of Thoracic Imaging: November 2012 - Volume 27 - Issue 6 - p W174–W176 doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31823c3ea5 Web Exclusive Content-Case Reports: Cardiovascular Abstract Author Information Ventricular septal defects as a result of blunt trauma to the chest have not been frequently reported in the literature. In addition, the majority of these cases have been imaged with echocardiography alone. We report a case in which a ventricular septal defect caused by blunt chest trauma was characterized with electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. A review of the current literature and theories of injury mechanism are also provided. *Radiology Department †University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL ‡Radiology Department, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: Dr Chung is currently receiving grants from Siemens AG (NJH-08-MI-01-LYNCH) and NIH (NIH5RO1 Hl095393-02), and is receiving royalties from Amirsys. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Carlos A. Rojas, MD, 5225 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.