Patients presenting to the emergency with thoracic symptoms could have a wide variety of causes, even if the traumatic and vascular causes are excluded. Therefore, the diagnosis is often a challenge for emergency physicians. Anamnesis, physical examination and laboratory testing need to be integrated with imaging to get a rapid diagnosis and to distinguish among the potential causes. This review discusses the role of diagnostic imaging studies in the emergency setting in patients with non-traumatic non-cardiovascular thoracic symptoms. The use of chest x-ray, bedside lung Ultrasound and Computed Tomography in the diagnosis and care of these patients have been reviewed as well as the common findings on imaging.
Non-traumatic non-cardiovascular thoracic emergencies: role of imaging / Bicci, E; Grazzini, G; Cozzi, D; Danti, G; Pradella, S; Palumbo, P; Bruno, F; Grassi, F; Dell' Aversana, F; De Muzio, F; Brunese, M C; Cutolo, C; Fusco, R; Granata, V; Giovagnoni, A; Miele, V. - In: EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 1128-3602. - 26:9(2022), pp. 3249-3260. [10.26355/eurrev_202205_28743]