Recent technical advances in CT have led to the ability to scan a volume in a shorter period with optimal contrast opacification of blood vessels, including the pulmonary arteries. Initially, there were isolated instances of an accidental detection of a filling defect because of pulmonary embolus in the pulmonary arteries. Gradually, directed examinations were introduced to diagnose or exclude pulmonary embolus. These examinations were successful. Radiologists and clinicians now are turning to fast CT for this purpose for a variety of reasons, including the proven accuracy and reliability of the method and the relative deficiencies of traditional noninvasive methods. Accurate interpretation of CT scans for possible pulmonary embolus depends on the ability to conduct a high-quality examination and to recognize the spectrum of findings for both acute and chronic emboli. This article reviews the history of fast CT pulmonary angiography, and it presents both technical and diagnostic information germaine to the performance of this technique.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging