Radiology case reports, Volume 17, Issue 5, 24 4 2022, Pages 1734-1736 Transmural ischemia visualized using routine Chest CTA. van Driest FY, Hertgers O, Scholte AJHA, Jukema JW, de Graaf MA

Chest computed tomography (CT) is not routinely used for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction. However, there have been some reports of patients undergoing chest CT for other indications in which ultimately MI was diagnosed due to the presence of areas of myocardial hypoperfusion. The authors present the case of a 60-years old male who is referred due to acute chest pain radiating between the scapulae. Thoracic computed tomography angiography to rule out an aortic dissection revealed an occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery with an area of relative hypoperfusion. Hence, the present case demonstrates how using routine thoracic computed tomography angiography, transmural ischemia can be visualized in the setting of an acute myocardial infarction. It should make clinicians aware of the fact it may be beneficial to look for myocardial perfusion abnormalities when assessing chest CT's.

Radiol Case Rep. 2022 3;17(5):1734-1736