Multidetector CT and the diagnosis of PE

McLaughlin, J.
September 2006
Thorax;Sep2006, Vol. 61 Issue 9, p760
Academic Journal
The article presents a study on the accuracy of multidetector computed tomographic angiography (CTA) in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Results of the study revealed that the sensitivity of multidetector CTA in the diagnosis of PE is high. However, medical professionals do not highly recommend CTA as far as high diagnostic yield is concern.


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