Thoracic Research and Practice
Original Article

Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism with Magnetic Resonance Angiography


SSK Süreyyapaşa Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Hastalıkları ve Cerrahisi Eğitim Hastanesi, İstanbul


SONOMED Görüntüleme Merkezi, İstanbul

Thorac Res Pract 2001; 2: Toraks Dergisi 21-25
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In this report, the role of contrast-enhanced pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography for the detection of pulmonary embolism was evaluated. Thirteen male patients with pulmonary embolism followed by our clinic between January 1997-September 1999 were included in the study. All patients had undergone pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography. Their mean age was 47.2±15.2 years (range, 27 to 73). Pulmonary arterial tree could be visualised from the main pulmonary arteries to segmental arteries on pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography in all patients. Five patients (38%) had evidence of occlusion on magnetic resonance angiogra - phy (2 in segmental arteries, 2 in lobar arteries and 1 in right main pulmonary artery). Occlusion was detect - ed in 4 (66.6%) of the 6 patients with high or intermediate probability at ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy and 1 (33.3%) of the 3 patients with low probability at ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. In conclusion, pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography is an easy and non-invasive procedure for detecting emboli in the proximal portions of the pulmonary arteries, but high costs restrict its routine usage. Key words: pulmonary embolism, diagnosis, magnetic resonance angiography

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