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Utilization of lung scans by clinicians.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Frankel, N; Coleman, RE; Pryor, DB; Sostman, HD; Ravin, CE
Published in: J Nucl Med
March 1986

To determine the effect of clinical assessments and lung scan results on the management of patients, we studied 566 consecutive patients referred for lung scans because of suspected pulmonary embolism. Prior to the lung scan, the clinician was asked to estimate the probability of pulmonary embolus. Two or three days later the physician was contacted to determine how the patient was managed. The results of the lung scan strongly influenced patient management. Patients with high probability lung scans were treated for pulmonary embolism regardless of the clinical pretest estimate. Low and intermediate probability lung scans resulted in most patients not being treated for pulmonary embolism and not referred for pulmonary angiography. Only 55 of the 566 patients were referred for pulmonary angiography, and approximately one-half of these patients had lung scans with an intermediate probability for pulmonary embolism.

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Published In

J Nucl Med

ISSN

0161-5505

Publication Date

March 1986

Volume

27

Issue

3

Start / End Page

366 / 369

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Xenon Radioisotopes
  • Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio
  • Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radiography
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Artery
  • Probability
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Lung
 

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Frankel, N., Coleman, R. E., Pryor, D. B., Sostman, H. D., & Ravin, C. E. (1986). Utilization of lung scans by clinicians. J Nucl Med, 27(3), 366–369.
Frankel, N., R. E. Coleman, D. B. Pryor, H. D. Sostman, and C. E. Ravin. “Utilization of lung scans by clinicians.J Nucl Med 27, no. 3 (March 1986): 366–69.
Frankel N, Coleman RE, Pryor DB, Sostman HD, Ravin CE. Utilization of lung scans by clinicians. J Nucl Med. 1986 Mar;27(3):366–9.
Frankel, N., et al. “Utilization of lung scans by clinicians.J Nucl Med, vol. 27, no. 3, Mar. 1986, pp. 366–69.
Frankel N, Coleman RE, Pryor DB, Sostman HD, Ravin CE. Utilization of lung scans by clinicians. J Nucl Med. 1986 Mar;27(3):366–369.

Published In

J Nucl Med

ISSN

0161-5505

Publication Date

March 1986

Volume

27

Issue

3

Start / End Page

366 / 369

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Xenon Radioisotopes
  • Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio
  • Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radiography
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Artery
  • Probability
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Lung