Comparison of ventilation-perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (V/Q SPECT) versus dual-energy CT perfusion and angiography (DECT) after 6 months of pulmonary embolism (PE) treatment

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The natural evolution of treated symptomatic pulmonary embolism shows often incomplete resolution of pulmonary thrombi. The prevalence of perfusion defects depend on the image modality used. This study directly compares V/Q SPECT with DECT.

METHODS: A single-center prospective observational cohort study of patients with intermediate risk PE, reassessed at the end of treatment with V/Q SPECT. Abnormal V/Q SPECT images were compared with DECT.

RESULTS: We compared DECT en V/Q SPECT in 28 consecutive patients with persistent V/Q mismatch on V/Q SPECT, 13 men and 15 woman, mean age 60 (+17), range 23-82 year. One patient was excluded from the final analysis due to inferior quality DECT. In 18/27 (66.7%) the results were concordant between CTPA (persistent embolus visible), DECT (segmentary defects on iodine map) and V/Q SPECT (segmentary ventilation-perfusion mismatch). In 3/18 (11.1% of the total group) the partialy matched V/Q SPECT defect could be explained on DECT lung images by lung infarction. In 6/27 (22.1%) only hypoperfusion was seen on DECT iodine map. In 3/27 (11.1%) results were discordant between V/Q SPECT and DECT images.

CONCLUSION: Six months after diagnosis of first or recurrent PE, residual pulmonary perfusion-defects encountered on V/Q-SPECT corresponds in the majority of patients with chronic thromboembolic disease seen on DECT. In 22.1% of patients V/Q SPECT mismatch only corresponds with hypoperfusion on iodine map DECT scan. Some (11.1%) of the chronic thromboembolic lesions seen on V/Q SPECT can not be explained by DECT results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1816-1819
Number of pages4
JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY
Volume84
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • dual-energy CT
  • CT scanning
  • SPECT/CT imaging
  • pulmonary embolism
  • perfusion computed tomography

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