MRI for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

EJR van Beek*, JM Wild, C Fink, AR Moody, HU Kauczor, M Oudkerk

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most frequently encountered clinical emergencies. The diagnosis often involves multiple diagnostic tests, which need to be carried out rapidly to assist in the safe management of the patient. Recent strides in computed tomography (CT) have made big improvements in patient management and efficiency of diagnostic imaging. This review article describes the developments in magnetic resonance (MR) techniques for the diagnosis of acute PE. Techniques include MR angiography (MRA) and thrombus imaging for direct clot visualization, perfusion MR, and combined perfusion-ventilation MR. As will be demonstrated, some of these techniques are now entering the clinical arena, and it is anticipated that MR imaging (MRI) will have an increasing role in the initial diagnosis and follow-up of patients with acute PE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-640
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • pulmonary embolism
  • diagnosis
  • MR angiography
  • perfusion
  • ventilation
  • thrombus imaging
  • MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ANGIOGRAPHY
  • DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS
  • NONTRAUMATIC THORACIC EMERGENCIES
  • MOLECULAR-WEIGHT HEPARIN
  • SPIN-LABELING TECHNIQUES
  • CONTRAST-ENHANCED MRI
  • SINGLE BREATH-HOLD
  • VEIN THROMBOSIS
  • LUNG PERFUSION
  • INITIAL-EXPERIENCE

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