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Ahead of Print: Incidence of Blunt Craniocervical Artery Injuries: Use of Whole Body CT Trauma Imaging with Adapted CT Angiography
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BACKGROUND: The incidence of traumatic craniocervical artery dissection varies in published trauma series.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of traumatic craniocervical artery injury in polytrauma patients by using a standardized whole body trauma computed tomography (WBCT) with an adapted CT angiography (CTA) of the craniocervical vessels.
METHODS: 718 consecutive patients requiring a whole body trauma CT (16-row-multi-slice) due to the mechanism of their injury patterns and an Injury Severity Sale of greater than 16 were analyzed prospectively. After cranial scan, the CT angiography of the craniocervical vessels with 40 ml of iodinated contrast agent was performed using bolus tracking.