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Endovascular Repair of the Thoracic Aorta: Preoperative and Postoperative Evaluation With Multidetector Computed Tomography

Godoy, Myrna C. B. MD*; Cayne, Neal S. MD; Ko, Jane P. MD*

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e3181b5d7cd
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Endovascular techniques have emerged as a minimally invasive alternative for the repair of the descending thoracic aorta, especially in high-risk patients. Multidetector computed tomography has a pivotal role, specifically in determining the candidacy or exclusion of patients for thoracic endovascular aortic repair and preoperative planning. In addition, multidetector computed tomography is used for follow-up assessment of the postsurgical aorta, so that potentially fatal complications can be correctly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. In this pictorial review, we focus on the preoperative assessment of the pathologic aorta and evaluation after thoracic endovascular aortic repair.

Departments of *Radiology

Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Reprints: Myrna C. B. Godoy, MD, Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, 560 First Avenue, IRM 236, New York, NY 10016 (e-mail: migbarco@gmail.com).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.