HomeNewsCoronary artery calcifications quantified on initial whole-body contrast-enhanced CT in severe trauma patients accurately predict 24-hour and 30-day mortality rates as well as intensive care unit length of stay

Coronary artery calcifications quantified on initial whole-body contrast-enhanced CT in severe trauma patients accurately predict 24-hour and 30-day mortality rates as well as intensive care unit length of stay

    In a retrospective, single-center study, the contrast-enhanced whole-body CT scans of 458 severely injured trauma patients requiring tracheal intubation were reviewed to derive the recently developed Weston score for coronary artery calcification, a possible but as yet unconfirmed prognostic marker of cardiovascular events and related mortality in this patient category. The authors demonstrated that coronary artery calcification quantified on initial trauma CT significantly predicts 24-hour and 30-day mortality rates and is also correlated with intensive care unit length of stay.