Supplement ArticleMultidetector Computed Tomography and Blunt Thoracoabdominal TraumaMullinix, A Jason MD; Foley, W Dennis MDAuthor Information From the Department of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Reprints: Dr A. Jason Mullinix, 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July/August 2004 - Volume 28 - Issue - p S20-S27 doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000120858.80935.59 Buy Metrics Abstract Computed tomography has had an increasing role in the evaluation of patients after blunt trauma. Important findings in thoracic trauma include acute traumatic aortic injury, pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusions and lacerations, mediastinal hematoma, and diaphragmatic rupture. The solid abdominal viscera may lacerate; infarct; or suffer vascular, ductal, or pyelocalyceal disruption. The bladder and intestines may rupture. In abdominal pelvic trauma, the direction of applied force often results in an identifiable constellation of injuries. This article reviews how multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is used in the trauma patient. Technical advances of increased cephalocaudad coverage speed and improved z-axis resolution intrinsic to MDCT, together with effective contrast utilization, make MDCT invaluable in the setting of trauma. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.