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Vol 17, No 2 (2014)
Case Report
Published online: 2014-07-31
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Impact of single photon emission tomography combined with computed tomography (SPECT/CT) in pulmonary examinations — short review with two case reports

Marina Garcheva
DOI: 10.5603/NMR.2014.0026
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Nucl. Med. Rev 2014;17(2):101-107.

open access

Vol 17, No 2 (2014)
Case Report
Published online: 2014-07-31
Submitted: 2014-07-31
Accepted: 2014-07-31

Abstract

The hybrid ventilation/perfusion (V/P) examination SPECT/CT improves the diagnostic accuracy of lung scintigraphy for pulmonary embolism (PE). It reduces the false-positive results and increases the specificity of examinations. The co-registered V/P and CT scans provide more precise functional information, as well as additional data about pulmonary parenchyma, pleural and mediastinal structures. The CT acquisition is typically low-dose and can be implemented with little additional acquisition time and radiation exposure. It is convenient as a primary examination for patients with contrast-related contraindications, young patients and premenopausal women, because of the low whole body and breast exposure. It can be also used for the follow-up of the patients’ recovery, for functional quantification, radiotherapy planning and for the prediction of radiation-associated complications. Two clinical cases from our practice present the impact of SPECT/CT application in the primary diagnosis and in the follow-up of patients with pulmonary embolism.

Abstract

The hybrid ventilation/perfusion (V/P) examination SPECT/CT improves the diagnostic accuracy of lung scintigraphy for pulmonary embolism (PE). It reduces the false-positive results and increases the specificity of examinations. The co-registered V/P and CT scans provide more precise functional information, as well as additional data about pulmonary parenchyma, pleural and mediastinal structures. The CT acquisition is typically low-dose and can be implemented with little additional acquisition time and radiation exposure. It is convenient as a primary examination for patients with contrast-related contraindications, young patients and premenopausal women, because of the low whole body and breast exposure. It can be also used for the follow-up of the patients’ recovery, for functional quantification, radiotherapy planning and for the prediction of radiation-associated complications. Two clinical cases from our practice present the impact of SPECT/CT application in the primary diagnosis and in the follow-up of patients with pulmonary embolism.
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Keywords

V/P lung scintigraphy, SPECT/CT, pulmonary embolism (PE)

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Title

Impact of single photon emission tomography combined with computed tomography (SPECT/CT) in pulmonary examinations — short review with two case reports

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

Pages

101-107

Published online

2014-07-31

DOI

10.5603/NMR.2014.0026

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2014;17(2):101-107.

Keywords

V/P lung scintigraphy
SPECT/CT
pulmonary embolism (PE)

Authors

Marina Garcheva

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