Spiral CT for pulmonary embolism.


Journal Article

Radiologic imaging for pulmonary embolism has been problematic. Ventilation perfusion scanning is frequently inconclusive; pulmonary angiography has been traditionally underused. Now spiral computed tomographic (CT) angiography provides a readily available, noninvasive test for pulmonary embolism. The accuracy of this examination is exceedingly high, so it should become the first-line test for pulmonary embolism. Recent investigations reveal a high negative predictive value for spiral CT, further proving its value. In addition, spiral CT provides an alternative diagnosis in a high percentage of patients. This article reviews current literature regarding the sensitivity, specificity, reliability, consistency, and cost-effectiveness of spiral CT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodman, PC

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 503 - 510

PubMed ID

  • 16088759

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16088759

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1069-3424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1055/s-2000-13188


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States