Pulmonary thromboembolic disease

Amie J. Tucker, Gopal Allada, Steven L. Primack

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Diagnostic imaging for acute pulmonary embolism has evolved; CT angiography of the chest is now considered the gold standard for diagnosis. The chest radiograph has limited utility, but can occasionally detect an alternative diagnosis. Although not frequently used, ventilation/ perfusion scan can be diagnostic, particularly in the setting of a normal chest radiograph. Clinical features, including risk factors and presenting signs and symptoms, should be utilized to assess pre-test probability and guide diagnostic imaging choices. Unique situations, such as renal failure and pregnancy, will potentially alter the diagnostic decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinically Oriented Pulmonary Imaging
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781617795428
ISBN (Print)9781617795411
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Embolism
  • Infarct
  • Pulmonary
  • Thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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