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Quality initiatives: imaging pregnant patients with suspected pulmonary embolism: what the radiologist needs to know.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19270072     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pregnancy is associated with a fivefold increase in the prevalence of venous thromboembolism, and pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of maternal death. However, the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism during pregnancy is challenging because classic clinical symptoms are often absent and physiologic changes during pregnancy can mimic pulmonary embolism. Concerns about exposure of the fetus to ionizing radiation and intravenously administered contrast material, as well as potential medicolegal issues, further complicate the diagnosis. Although diagnostic imaging plays an important role in this setting, there are currently no widely accepted guidelines for radiologists and clinicians to follow. Thus, radiologists should be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of available imaging modalities, methods for dose reduction, radiation risks, and medicolegal risk management guidelines.
Jay K Pahade; Diana Litmanovich; Ivan Pedrosa; Janneth Romero; Alexander A Bankier; Phillip M Boiselle
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-03-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1527-1323     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiographics     Publication Date:    2009 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-19     Completed Date:  2009-08-13     Revised Date:  2010-11-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302501     Medline TA:  Radiographics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  639-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Pregnancy Complications / radiography*
Pulmonary Embolism / radiography*

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