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Intravenous contrast material administration at high-pitch dual-source CT pulmonary angiography: Test bolus versus bolus-tracking technique.
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PMID:  22019597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To compare test bolus and bolus tracking for the determination of scan delay of high-pitch dual-source CT pulmonary angiography in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism using 50ml of contrast material. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 80 consecutive patients referred for CT pulmonary angiography were evaluated. All scans were performed on a 128-channel dual-source CT scanner with a high-pitch protocol (pitch 3.0, 100kV, 180mAs). Contrast enhancement was achieved by injecting 50ml of iomeprol followed by a saline chaser of 50ml injected at a rate of 4ml/s. The scan delay was determined using either the test bolus (n=40) or bolus tracking (n=40) technique. Test bolus required another 15ml CM to determine time to peak enhancement of the contrast bolus within the pulmonary trunk. Attenuation profiles in the pulmonary trunk and on segmental level as well as in the ascending aorta were measured to evaluate the timing techniques. Additionally, overall image quality was evaluated. RESULTS: In all patients an adequate and homogeneous contrast enhancement of more than 250HU was achieved in the pulmonary arteries. No statistically significant difference between test bolus and bolus tracking was found regarding attenuation of the pulmonary arteries or overall image quality. However, using bolus tracking 15ml CM less was injected. CONCLUSION: A homogeneous opacification of the pulmonary arteries and sufficient image quality can be achieved with both the bolus tracking and test bolus techniques with significant lower contrast doses compared to conventional contrast material injection protocols.
J Matthias Kerl; Thomas Lehnert; Boris Schell; Boris Bodell; Martin Beeres; Volkmar Jacobi; Thomas J Vogl; Ralf W Bauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of radiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7727     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106411     Medline TA:  Eur J Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Clinic of the Goethe University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany.
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