Helical CT is being increasingly utilized for the evaluation of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Proper scan interpretation depends on the awareness of several diagnostic pitfalls that may simulate PE, including normal bronchovascular structures such as pulmonary veins, bronchi, and lymph nodes, technical considerations such as improper bolus timing and streak artifacts, and patient-related factors such as motion artifacts, pulmonary arterial catheters, and vascular shunts. An understanding of these pitfalls facilitates accurate diagnosis.
- Computed tomography, helical
- Embolism, pulmonary
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging