Accuracy of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography in chronic thromboembolic disease.

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the accuracy of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) angiography in demonstrating the findings of chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPTE) compared with conventional pulmonary angiography. METHODS: We examined 18 patients with CPTE proved by conventional pulmonary angiography and 16 healthy control patients. T1-weighted and single-breathhold, two-dimensional multiplanar spoiled gradient-recalled pulmonary images were obtained after injection of gadopentetate dimeglumine. Images were interpreted independently by two radiologists. RESULTS: All patients with CPTE were identified on MR angiography images by both readers. Sensitivity and specificity for MR angiography in diagnosing abnormal segments were 76% and 95% for reader 1 and 68% and 93% for reader 2, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity for MR angiography in depicting abnormal lobes were 83% and 96% for reader 1 and 82% and 93% for reader 2, respectively. Interobserver agreement was high; kappas for abnormal segments and abnormal lobes were .72 and .84, respectively. The T1-weighted spin-echo images demonstrated a mosaic signal intensity pattern in all patients with CPTE. CONCLUSION: Contrast-enhanced MR angiography accurately depicts abnormal segments and lobes in occlusive vascular disease and clearly distinguishes between patients with CPTE and those with healthy lungs.

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Cited Authors

  • Wolff, K; Bergin, CJ; King, MA; Ghadishah, E; Sung, DW; Clopton, P; Bookstein, JJ; Auger, WR; Moser, KM

Published Date

  • January 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 10 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 8796634

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1076-6332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S1076-6332(96)80325-4

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States