Coagulation Concepts Update

Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, USA.
American Journal of Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 2.74). 12/2009; 193(6):1656-64. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.08.2191
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