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Value of contrast-enhanced MR angiography and helical CT angiography in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12712256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of contrast-enhanced MR angiography (ce MRA) and helical CT angiography (CTA) of the pulmonary arteries in the preoperative workup of patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The ce MRA and CTA studies of 32 patients were included in this retrospective evaluation. Image quality was scored by two independent blinded observers. Data sets were assessed for number of patent segmental, subsegmental arteries, and number of vascular segments with thrombotic wall thickening, intraluminal webs, and abnormal proximal to distal tapering. Image quality for MRA/CTA was scored excellent in 16 of 16, good in 11 of 14, moderate in 2 of 5, and poor in no examinations. The MRA/CTA showed 357 of 366 patent segmental and 627 of 834 patent subsegmental arteries. CTA was superior to MRA in visualization of thrombotic wall thickening (339 vs 164) and of intraluminal webs (257 vs 162). Abnormal proximal to distal tapering was better assessed by MRA than CTA (189 vs 16). In joint assessment of direct and indirect signs, MRA and CTA were equally effective (353 vs 355). MRA and CTA are equally effective in the detection of segmental occlusions of the pulmonary arteries in CTEPH. CTA is superior for the depiction of patent subsegmental arteries, of intraluminal webs, and for the direct demonstration of thrombotic wall thickening.
Sebastian Ley; Hans-Ulrich Kauczor; Claus Peter Heussel; Thorsten Kramm; Eckhard Mayer; Manfred Thelen; Karl-Friedrich Kreitner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2003-04-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  European radiology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0938-7994     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Radiol     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-09     Completed Date:  2004-02-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114774     Medline TA:  Eur Radiol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2365-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Langenbeckstrasse 1, 55131 Mainz, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Contrast Media
Follow-Up Studies
Hypertension, Pulmonary / complications,  radiography*
Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Care / methods
Predictive Value of Tests
Preoperative Care / methods
Pulmonary Embolism / complications,  radiography*,  surgery
Pulmonary Veins / radiography
Radiographic Image Enhancement*
Retrospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Sensitivity and Specificity
Severity of Illness Index
Thrombectomy / methods
Tomography, Spiral Computed / methods*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media

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