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ventilation perfusion scintigraphy

Søren Hess, Evan C Frary, Oke Gerke, Poul Henning Madsen
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common, ubiquitous, and potentially lethal disease. As symptoms and clinical findings are notoriously nonspecific, diagnostic imaging is essential to avoid undertreatment as well as overtreatment. Controversies remain regarding first-line imaging in suspected PE. The two main contemporary contenders are ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy with single-photon emission computed tomography (V/Q SPECT) with or without additional low-dose CT (SPECT/CT) and CT angiography (CTA). We present our results from a systematic review and meta-analysis of the diagnostic performances of these modalities: V/Q SPECT, V/Q SPECT/CT, and CTA are all viable options, but we consider V/Q SPECT/CT to be superior in most clinical settings with better overall diagnostic performance, that is, pooled sensitivities (97...
October 20, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Jose F Condado, Vasilis Babaliaros, Travis S Henry, Brian Kaebnick, Dennis Kim, Gerald W Staton
BACKGROUND: The best treatment of patients with external pulmonary vascular compression due to advanced sarcoidosis is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To report a single-center experience of percutaneous treatment for pulmonary vascular stenosis caused by external compression due to advanced sarcoidosis. METHODS: We report a case series of 5 patients with biopsy confirmed advanced sarcoidosis, seen at our academic institution with worsening dyspnea despite increase of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Saeed Elojeimy, Irene Cruite, Stephen Bowen, Jing Zeng, Hubert Vesselle
OBJECTIVE: In this article, we describe the concepts of ventilation-perfusion planar, SPECT, and SPECT/CT and outline the advantages of integrated ventilation-perfusion SPECT/CT over planar imaging. We present an overview of the traditional and new applications of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. CONCLUSION: SPECT/CT has improved the diagnostic accuracy of ventilation-perfusion imaging and opened the door for a new spectrum of applications.
October 11, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Christopher J François, Mark L Schiebler
Multimodality, noninvasive imaging is increasingly used in the identification and management of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Chest radiography, ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy, and Doppler echocardiography are frequently the initial studies used to evaluate patients suspected of having PH. However, their ability to evaluate the right ventricle (RV) and pulmonary vasculature is limited. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are increasingly used to identify causes of PH and assess the effect of PH on RV function...
November 2016: Radiologic Clinics of North America
Milan Simanek, Pavel Koranda
Hybrid pulmonary imaging in the present day has seen a fusion of various uses of CT scans, including angiography (CTAG), diagnostic CT, low dose CT (LDCT), and perfusion or ventilation scintigraphy in tomographic or planar imaging. Determining the most effective individualized test for the complete diagnostics of patients with pulmonary symptoms for various groups of patients is a major issue. The aim of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of hybrid imaging in current methods of nuclear medicine in differential diagnostics of pulmonary embolism (PE)...
2016: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Søren Hess, Poul Henning Madsen
Diagnostic imaging plays an integral role in the diagnostic workup of suspected pulmonary embolism, and several modalities have been employed over the years. In recent years, the choice has been narrowed to either computer tomographic or radionuclide based methods, i.e. computer tomographic angiography (CTA) and ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q-scan). Both methods display advantages and shortcomings, and while we provide some insights into CTA and alternative methods, the paper's main focus is a review of the V/Q-scan...
September 13, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Malak Itani, Joanna Fair, Zachary Hillman, Fatemeh Behnia, Saeed Elojeimy
A 52-year-old woman presenting with dyspnea was referred for a ventilation and perfusion scan (VQ). VQ images (with Tc-DTPA [diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid aerosol] and Tc-MAA [macroaggregated albumin]) initially appeared normal; however, count rates on perfusion images were similar to ventilation images, implying little Tc-MAA had reached the lungs. Spot images of the injected extremity demonstrated focal Tc-MAA accumulation worrisome for a venous thrombus, subsequently confirmed by Doppler ultrasound...
October 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Shawn Karls, Hani Hassoun, Vilma Derbekyan
A 67-year-old male presented with dyspnea for which lung scintigraphy was ordered to rule out pulmonary embolus. Planar images demonstrated abnormal midline uptake of Tc-99m macroaggregated albumin, which SPECT/CT localized to several thoracic vertebrae. Thoracic vertebral uptake on perfusion lung scintigraphy was previously described on planar imaging. Radionuclide venography and contrast-enhanced CT subsequently demonstrated superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction with collateralization through the azygous/hemiazygous system and vertebral venous plexus...
September 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Anne-Lise Hachulla, Frédéric Lador, Paola M Soccal, Xavier Montet, Maurice Beghetti
Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) angiography of the chest provides a combined morphological and functional analysis of the lung, usually obtained in a single acquisition without extra radiation or injection of extra intravenous iodine contrast. The parenchymal iodine maps generated by DECT are well correlated with scintigraphy, and are becoming an essential tool for evaluating patients with pulmonary vascular diseases. With a single DECT acquisition, complete imaging of pulmonary hypertension is now available, displaying vascular anatomy, parenchymal morphology and functional assessment...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
Fay Crawford, Alina Andras, Karen Welch, Karen Sheares, David Keeling, Francesca M Chappell
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) can occur when a thrombus (blood clot) travels through the veins and lodges in the arteries of the lungs, producing an obstruction. People who are thought to be at risk include those with cancer, people who have had a recent surgical procedure or have experienced long periods of immobilisation and women who are pregnant. The clinical presentation can vary, but unexplained respiratory symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain and an increased respiratory rate are common...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Kartik Dev Bhatia, Chaitanya Ambati, Rajiv Dhaliwal, Royce Paschkewitz, Eugene Hsu, Bao Ho, Andy Young, Louise Emmett
INTRODUCTION: Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography-Ventilation-Perfusion (SPECT-VQ) with low-dose CT (SPECT-CT/VQ) has equivalent diagnostic accuracy to CTPA for diagnosing pulmonary embolus (PE) while using lower radiation doses, but is underutilized owing to perceived inaccuracy of scintigraphy in the setting of pre-existing lung disease. This study assesses the accuracy of SPECT-CT/VQ compared with CTPA for the diagnosis of PE, including in patients with pre-existing lung disease...
August 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
J Alberto Neder, Denis E O'Donnell
There has been a surge of interest in endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR) strategies for advanced COPD. Valve implants, coil implants, biological LVR (BioLVR), bronchial thermal vapour ablation, and airway stents are used to induce lung deflation with the ultimate goal of improving respiratory mechanics and chronic dyspnea. Patients presenting with severe air trapping (e.g., inspiratory capacity/total lung capacity (TLC) < 25%, residual volume > 225% predicted) and thoracic hyperinflation (TLC > 150% predicted) have the greatest potential to derive benefit from ELVR procedures...
2016: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
Christian Thomsen, Dorothea Theilig, Dominik Herzog, Alexander Poellinger, Felix Doellinger, Nils Schreiter, Vera Schreiter, Dirk Schürmann, Bettina Temmesfeld-Wollbrueck, Stefan Hippenstiel, Norbert Suttorp, Ralf-Harto Hubner
The exclusion of collateral ventilation (CV) and other factors affect the clinical success of endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR). However, despite its benefits, the outcome of ELVR remains difficult to predict. We investigated whether clinical success could be predicted by emphysema distribution assessed by computed tomography scan and baseline perfusion assessed by perfusion scintigraphy. Data from 57 patients with no CV in the target lobe (TL) were retrospectively analyzed after ELVR with valves. Pulmonary function tests (PFT), St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), and 6-minute walk tests (6MWT) were performed on patients at baseline...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Kun Wang, Zhihua Li, Deguang Kong, Qiuxia Cui, Yu Liu, Wenbo Zhou, Shenghua Cao, Kongming Wu, Gaosong Wu
INTRODUCTION: Information about the incidence and risk factors of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after thyroid operation is limited. This study aimed to analyze the incidence and risk factors of postoperative VTE in patients who had undergone thyroid surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective, multi-center cohort study was performed from June 2013 to June 2015 in 3 hospitals throughout South Central China. We analyzed 5029 patients who had undergone thyroid operation and received no VTE prophylaxis postoperatively...
August 2016: Thrombosis Research
F Todua, M Akhvlediani, E Vorobiova, A Baramidze, G Tsivtsivadze, D Gachechiladze
Nowadays, an arsenal of diagnostic methods is used in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, which includes x-ray, angiography, perfusion-ventilation scintigraphy, CT and magnetic resonance imaging, Doppler and laboratory studies. Purpose of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic significance of determination of some parameters of hemostasis (D-dimer, Soluble fibrinmonomer complexes, fibrinogen), homocysteine, hs-CRP and multidetector computed tomography in suspected pulmonary embolism. We have examined 54 patients -31 men and 23 women, aged 18 to 76 years, with characteristics of pulmonary embolism...
May 2016: Georgian Medical News
Anja Boc, Nina Vene, Katarina Košmelj, Alenka Mavri
Asymptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) is present in at least one-third of patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT). However, knowledge about its influence on the prognosis of patients is limited. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic impact of asymptomatic PE in patients with DVT and to explore risk factors for recurrent venous thromboembolic events. A total of 200 consecutive patients with the first episode of objectively confirmed DVT without symptoms of PE were included. All patients underwent ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy within 48 hours of DVT confirmation...
June 23, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
R Ghazvinian, A Gottsäter, J Elf
BACKGROUND: The need for anticoagulation therapy (AC) in patients with subsegmental pulmonary embolism (SSPE) diagnosed by computed tomography of the pulmonary arteries (CTPA) has been questioned, as these patients run low risk for recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) during 3 months of follow-up. Whether this applies also to patients with small PE diagnosed with pulmonary scintigraphy has not yet been evaluated, however. METHODS: We therefore retrospectively evaluated 54 patients (mean age 62 ± 19 years, 36 [67 %] women) with small PE diagnosed by ventilation/perfusion singe photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) who did not receive conventional long-term AC...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Judith Pichler, Lorenzo Biassoni, Marina Easty, Inaki Irastorza, Susan Hill
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a complication of parenteral nutrition (PN) with a prevalence of 35% in children. In 2003 new intravenous lipid emulsions (ILEs) with MCT, olive and/or fish oil in addition to soybean oil were introduced. The aim was to compare the incidence of PE before and after introduction. METHODS: 327 surveillance ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphies from 68 children aged 0.3-15 years, treated with PN from 1993 to 2010, were retrospectively reviewed...
March 31, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
David P Jenkins, Andrzej Biederman, Andrea M D'Armini, Philippe G Dartevelle, Hui-Li Gan, Walter Klepetko, Jaroslav Lindner, Eckhard Mayer, Michael M Madani
Pulmonary endarterectomy is the gold standard treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and is potentially curative, although some patients are unsuitable for pulmonary endarterectomy and require alternative management. Lack of standardized assessment of pulmonary endarterectomy eligibility risks suboptimal treatment in some patients. We discuss the implications for future clinical trials and practice of a unique operability assessment in patients who have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and were initially screened for inclusion in the CHEST-1 (Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Soluble Guanylate Cyclase Stimulator Trial-1) study...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Ewa Witkowska-Patena, Andrzej Mazurek, Mirosław Dziuk
A 29-year-old patient after blunt chest trauma with right lung atelectasis and pulmonary empyema was referred for lung ventilation and perfusion scintigraphy before right-sided pneumonectomy. Radionuclide imaging revealed severely reduced perfusion and lack of ventilation in the collapsed right lung. Additionally, it showed a matching lobar perfusion-ventilation defect in the lower left lobe, which, apart from consolidation area in posterior basal segment, appeared normal in computed tomography. A normal perfusion and ventilation pattern was observed in the upper left lobe...
2016: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
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