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Pre-operative computed tomography in abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  1. E. J. Fitzgerald,
  2. L. D. Spence
  1. Department of Radiology, Mercy and University Hospitals, Cork, Ireland.


    Major additional pathology, in the abdomen or directly related to the aneurysm itself, which influenced surgical management was demonstrated in 39 (34.5%) of 113 patients with suspected abdominal aortic aneurysm who had undergone pre-operative assessment with computed tomography (CT). Major additional pathology within the abdomen was shown in 11 (9.7%) and related to the aneurysm itself in 26 (23%). Therefore, CT has a significant impact on operative management of such patients and should be routine in the pre-operative evaluation of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The current roles of CT angiography and magnetic resonance angiography are discussed.

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