Pitfalls in the imaging of pulmonary embolism

Jitesh Ahuja, Diana Palacio, Nahyun Jo, Chad D. Strange, Girish S. Shroff, Mylene T. Truong, Carol C. Wu

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Pulmonary embolism (PE) can present with a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms that can overlap considerably with other cardiovascular diseases. To avoid PE related morbidity and mortality, it is vital to identify this disease accurately and in a timely fashion. Several clinical criteria have been developed to standardize the diagnostic approach for patients with suspected PE. Computed tomographic pulmonary angiogram has significantly improved the detection of pulmonary embolism and is considered the imaging modality of choice to diagnose this disease. However, there are several potential pitfalls associated with this modality which can make diagnosis of PE challenging. In this review, we will discuss various pitfalls routinely encountered in the diagnostic work up of patients with suspected PE, approaches to mitigate these pitfalls and incidental pulmonary embolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-229
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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