Pulmonary embolism: Diagnosis with electron-beam CT

Corey L. Teigen, Timothy P. Maus, Patrick F. Sheedy, C. Michael Johnson, Anthony W. Stanson, Timothy J. Welch

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Contrast material-enhanced electron-beam computed tomography (CT) (100-msec scan time) was performed to image the pulmonary vasculature in 86 patients, each suspected of having a pulmonary embolism (PE). Thromboembolic material was demonstrated in 39 patients; no emboli were demonstrated in 47. In 25 patients, angiographic or pathologic proof was available. There were 19 proved positive CT scans, four proved negative scans, one false-negative scan, and one false-positive scan. In the 21 patients with CT and angiographic correlation, evidence of thromboembolic disease was seen in 88 vascular zones. Fifty-three zones were positive for PE at both CT and angiography. Eighteen zones were positive for PE at angiography alone, and 17 zones were positive at CT alone. Electron-beam CT is a potentially effective noninvasive means of diagnosing PE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-845
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • Embolism, pulmonary, 944.77, 60.72
  • Pulmonary arteries, CT, 944.12919, 60.12116, 60.12916
  • Thrombosis, 944.751, 60.72

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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