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How is an aortic dissection diagnosed or ruled out?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Imaging study: Either identifying or ruling out aortic dissection requires an advanced imaging study. Most commonly this is a ct scan with contrast. A chest x-ray is not adequate to rule out aortic dissection in almost all cases.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
CTA or MRA: The best and quickest test is ct angiography. Mri or mra is also excellent but take longer time and not always available ..

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