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Imaging of the Postsurgical Thoracic Aorta

A State-of-the-Art Review

Latson, Larry A. Jr MD, MS; DeAnda, Abe Jr MD; Ko, Jane P. MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000246
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Techniques for repair of the aorta currently include open and endovascular methods, hybrid approaches, minimally-invasive techniques, and aortic branch vessel reimplantation or bypass. Collaboration among radiologists and vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons is essential. An awareness of the various surgical techniques, expected postoperative appearance, and potential complications is essential for radiologists. This review will cover the postoperative appearance of the thoracic aorta with a focus on the ascending aorta. The value of three-dimensional image evaluation will also be emphasized.

Sections of *Thoracic Imaging

Cardiac Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

Dr Larry A. Latson, Jr, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Dr Jane P. Ko, MD, is a Professor of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Dr Abe DeAnda, Jr, MD, is the John T. Moore, MD Distinguished Professorship in Surgery, Professor and Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX.

The authors and all staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity and their spouses/life partners (if any) have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

Correspondence to: Larry A. Latson, Jr, MD, MS, Section of Thoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, 660 1st Ave., New York, NY 10016 (e-mail: larry.latson@nyumc.org).

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