Computed tomographic features of circulatory arrest

Hung Wen Kao, Ching Jiunn Wu, Chung Ping Lo, Wei Chou Chang, Cheng Yu Chen

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Although computed tomography (CT) is used widely in evaluating injuries from various kinds of trauma, the CT features of circulatory events are rarely reported. Recognizing these features is crucial to proper emergency management of patients when circulatory events occur during CT examination. We report two trauma patients who developed circulatory arrest during CT. Both patients had similar CT features of contrast distribution over the dependent portion of the right-sided venous system, a finding that has been previously reported only in patients with cardiac arrest. The quick paddle look feature may be useful to identify the condition and initiate proper resuscitation of patients without electrocardiographic monitoring in CT rooms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Computed tomography
  • Shock
  • Trauma
  • Ventricular fibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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