Technological Innovations in Medicine

Multidetector Computed Tomographic Angiography (MDCTA) for Penetrating Neck Injuries

Jason Pasley, Regan J. Berg and Kenji Inaba


Evaluation of patients after penetrating neck injury has evolved over time. Previously, location of injury and symptoms were used to determine management. The contemporary management of penetrating neck injuries relies on physical examination. Patients with hard signs of vascular or aerodigestive tract injury require immediate operation, regardless of location of injury. Those with no signs can be observed. For the remainder with soft signs multidetector, computed tomographic angiography (MDCTA) is a highly sensitive and specific screening modality for evaluating the vasculature and aerodigestive structures in the neck. Utilizing MDCTA, the patient can be safely directed towards operative intervention, observation, or further investigation.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2012;3(3):e0016