Multidetector CT Scan for Thoracic
Charles O Brantigan MD
Dr. Brantigan is working with Dr. Robert Johnson to develop new
techniques to define anatomical relationships in the Thoracic
Outlet. A preliminary report on this work is scheduled for
publication in early 2004. Here are two images of patients whose
Thoracic Outlet operations done elsewhere went astray.
Three dimensional reconstruction of a multidetector CT scan
showing a failed first rib resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Only a portion of the first ribs have been removed.
Three dimensional reconstruction of a multidetector CT scan of
the thoracic outlet. Note that part of the second rib has been taken
out on the right, and the first rib has regrown on the left.For
further insight, please read: Multidetector CT for TOS, a personal
This is a patient with thoracic outlet syndrome affecting his left
side. Note the elongated transverse process of C7 protruding into
the brachial plexus.
This is the same patient's elongated transverse process on the right
side showing that it is encased in muscle which prevents brachial