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  • ASER limits to 40 slides per presentation. Suggest tightening intro to make more succint
  • Discuss pathophysiology of tissue death, preload, RV strain
  • Incorporate this into a table with Signs & Symptoms together
  • Perhaps cut out this table and stick with summaries points
  • Zoom into MDCT
  • Using positive U/S as diagnosis of PE would mean: Sensitivity 29% Specificity 97% Benefits: Avoid 14% of lung scans and 9% of angiograms Drawbacks: Unnecessary treatment in false positives (13%)
  • Flow chart
  • David/Dr. Nicolaou – should I mention here anything about pros/cons of adding lower-limb CT venography?
  • Incorporate PIOPED III Trial into limitations section next slide
  • CT- PA: spell out acronym CT able to determine other causes
  • Awaiting Charles Uh for protocols Need to get VGH protocols
  • Need to make arrows more accentuated, use “Shapes” under drawing tools in Powerpoint Make image bigger,
  • Increase afterload, can’t generate enough pressures Restate why contrast may end up in IVC
  • Mosaic attenuation – should use lung window
  • Is it okay we use these slides – technically is this presentation for educational purposes? Question: How do we score clot burden?
  • Please have this in lung windows
  • Where is CXR in this diagram. Also need to eliminate Venous U/S since it’s not done.
  • 076 advances in pulmonary imaging

    1. 1. Advances in Pulmonary Embolism Imaging Kelly MacLean; David Tso; Ferco Berger; Anja Reimann; Chris Davison; Joao Inacio; Ahmed Albuali; Savvas Nicolaou ASER 2010
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Identify the importance of a proper clinical scoring index exam in the ER </li></ul><ul><li>Review of literature supporting CT for pulmonary embolism versus V/Q scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate imaging of pulmonary embolism for pregnant patients </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate MDCT technique, findings, artifacts, and clinical correlations </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce new techniques and methods for assessing pulmonary embolism </li></ul>
    3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Pathophysiology and clinical presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical prediction rules and D-dimer screening </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic imaging modalities </li></ul><ul><li>Imaging in pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical implications of MDCT findings </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic imaging algorithm </li></ul><ul><li>New imaging approaches </li></ul>
    4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Acute PE is common </li></ul><ul><li>High mortality rate if left untreated </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical presentation is highly variable and non-specific </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis requires appropriate and accurate imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Prompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce mortality from 30% to 2-8% </li></ul>Horlander KT; Mannino DM; Leeper KV. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 163(14):1711-7. Carson JL et al. N. Engl. J. Med. 1992 May 7; 326(19):1240-5.
    5. 5. Pathophysiology <ul><li>PE most commonly arise from thrombi in deep venous system of lower extremities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Iliofemoral vein thrombi most clinically recognized cause of PE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50-80% of proximal vein thrombi originate distal to popliteal vein </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Size of PE determines location: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Main pulmonary artery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lobar branches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subsegmental emboli </li></ul></ul></ul>Moser, KM. Am. Rev. Respir. Dis. 1990; 141:235. Weinmann, EE; Salzman, EW. N. Engl. J. Med. 1994; 331:1630.
    6. 6. Pathophysiology <ul><li>Impaired gas exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ventilation/perfusion mismatch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Release of inflammatory mediators leads to surfactant dysfunction, atelectasis, alveolar hemorrhage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intrapulmonary shunting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hypotension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Results from increased PVR, RV dilatation, impaired LV filling, eventual impaired CO </li></ul></ul>Nakos G; Kitsiouli EI; Lekka ME. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 1998 Nov; 158(5 Pt 1):1504-10. Goldhaber Z; Elliot CG. Circulation 2003; 108:2726-2729.
    7. 7. Clinical Presentation - Symptoms <ul><li>Dyspnea (73%) – usually acute onset </li></ul><ul><li>Pleuritic chest pain (44%) </li></ul><ul><li>Calf pain/swelling (41-44%) </li></ul><ul><li>Orthopnea (28%) </li></ul><ul><li>Wheezing (21%) </li></ul><ul><li>Cough (20%) </li></ul><ul><li>Syncope (14%) </li></ul><ul><li>Hemoptysis (7%) </li></ul>Goldhaber SZ; Visani L; De Rosa M. Lancet 1999 Apr 24; 353(9162):1386-9. Stein PD et al. Am. J. Med. 2007 Oct;120(10):871-9.
    8. 8. Clinical Presentation – Signs <ul><li>Tachypnea (53%) </li></ul><ul><li>Tachycardia (24%) </li></ul><ul><li>Rales (18%) </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased breath sounds (17%) </li></ul><ul><li>Accentuated P2 (15%) </li></ul><ul><li>JV distension (14%) </li></ul><ul><li>Signs and symptoms are highly variable, non- specific, and common in patients without PE </li></ul>Goldhaber SZ; Visani L; De Rosa M. Lancet 1999 Apr 24;353(9162):1386-9. Stein PD et al. Am. J. Med. 2007 Oct;120(10):871-9.
    9. 9. Work-up of patient with suspected PE <ul><li>Stable patients should follow sequential diagnostic workup including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical probability assessment i.e. Wells Score </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+/- D-dimer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+/- MDCT or V/Q scan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Christopher Study JAMA 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Prospective cohort study of 3306 patients with clinically suspected PE </li></ul>Writing Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA.  2006; 295:172-179.
    10. 10. The Christopher Study - Outcomes <ul><li>Low risk of VTE when low clinical probability and normal D-dimer testing </li></ul><ul><li>CT-PA effectively rules out PE without need for other imaging studies </li></ul><ul><li>First study to validate safety of dichotomized (modified) Wells Score vs. original Wells Score </li></ul>Writing Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA.  2006; 295:172-179.
    11. 11. Modified Wells Criteria Wells PS et al. Thromb Haemost 2000 Mar; 83(3):416-20. Clinical symptoms of DVT (leg swelling, pain with palpation) 3.0 Other diagnosis less likely than PE 3.0 Heart rate >100 1.5 Immobilization or surgery in previous 4 weeks 1.5 Previous DVT/PE 1.5 Hemoptysis 1.0 Malignancy 1.0 PE Likely >4 PE Unlikely </= 4
    12. 12. D-Dimer Screening <ul><li>Poor specificity and positive predictive value </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity generally good but varies with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of assay used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location of PE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Normal D-dimer sufficient to exclude PE if low/moderate pretest probability (Wells Score) </li></ul><ul><li>Cost-effective </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids unnecessary imaging </li></ul>Stein PD et al. Ann Intern Med. 2004 Apr 20;140(8):589-602. De Monye W et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2002 Feb 1;165(3):345-8. Perrier et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2003; 167:39-44.
    13. 13. The Christopher Study – Workup Algorithm Writing Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA.  2006; 295:172-179. Patient with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism Modified Wells Score PE Unlikely D-Dimer ELISA PE Likely MDCT-PA Indicated Normal Abnormal
    14. 14. Overview of Imaging Modalities for Pulmonary Embolism <ul><li>Lower extremity venous ultrasonography </li></ul><ul><li>Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography </li></ul><ul><li>MRI </li></ul><ul><li>Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q scan) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Lower extremity venous ultrasonography <ul><li>Compression U/S = B-mode imaging only </li></ul><ul><li>Duplex U/S = B-mode plus Doppler waveform analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Limited vs.complete exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IIliac, common femoral, femoral, popliteal, greater saphenous, calf veins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May avoid further diagnostic imaging if positive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low sensitivity and risk of false positives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No consistent protocol for technique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operator dependant </li></ul></ul>Turkstra F; Kuijer PM; van Beek EJ; Brandjes DP; ten Cate JW; Buller HR. Ann Intern Med. 1997 May 15;126(10):775-81.
    16. 16. Venous Ultrasonography <ul><li>Recommendations of Use </li></ul><ul><li>First-line if radiographic imaging contraindicated or not readily available </li></ul><ul><li>Not likely required in patient with negative CT-PA </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful to rule out DVT in patient with non-diagnostic V/Q scan </li></ul>Anderson DR; Barnes D. Semin. Nucl. Med. 2008 Nov;38(6)412-7.
    17. 17. Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography <ul><li>Increasingly the first-line imaging modality </li></ul><ul><li>PIOPED-II Study: 824 patients evaluated prospectively with multidetector CTA versus composite reference test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitivity 83% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specificity 96% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PPV = 96% with concordant clinical assessment </li></ul></ul>Stein PD et al. N. Engl. J. Med. 2006 Jun 1;354(22):2317-27.
    18. 18. Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography – Advantages <ul><li>Diagnosis of alternative disease entities </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage of entire chest with high spatial resolution in one breath hold </li></ul><ul><li>High interobserver correlation </li></ul><ul><li>Availability </li></ul><ul><li>Improved depiction of small peripheral emboli </li></ul>Schoepf J; Costello P. Radiology. 2004 Feb; 230:329-337.
    19. 19. Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography – Limitations <ul><li>Reader expertise required </li></ul><ul><li>Expense </li></ul><ul><li>Requires precise timing of contrast bolus </li></ul><ul><li>Radiation exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Not portable </li></ul><ul><li>Contraindications to contrast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Renal insufficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrast allergy </li></ul></ul>Schoepf J; Costello P. Radiology. 2004 Feb; 230:329-337.
    20. 20. MRI <ul><li>PIOPED III Trial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy of gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography in combination with venous phase venography in diagnosing acute PE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient sensitivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High rate of technically inadequate images </li></ul></ul>Stein PD et al. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:434-43. Image: 59 y.o. male with severe dyspnea MR angiogram depicts large amounts of embolic material ( arrowheads ) in right pulmonary artery, in right upper and lower lobes, and in left lingual pulmonary artery. Nonenhancing masses ( arrow ) are present in liver. Kluge, A. et al. Am. J. Roentgenol. 2006;187:W7-W14
    21. 21. MRI <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of ionizing radiation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respiratory and cardiac motion artifact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suboptimal resolution for peripheral pulmonary arteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complicated blood flow patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experimental technology may have role in future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time MR sequence without breath hold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Molecular MRI with fibrin-specific contrast agent </li></ul></ul>Tapson, VF. N. Engl. J. Med. 1997; 336:1449. Haage P et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2003 Mar 1;167(5):729-34. Epub 2002 Nov 21. Spuentrup E et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2005 Aug 15;172(4):494-500. Epub 2005 Jun 3.
    22. 22. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy <ul><li>PIOPED Study: Accuracy of V/Q scan versus reference standard (pulmonary angiogram) </li></ul>The PIOPED Investigators. JAMA. 1990 May 23-30;263(20):2753-9. Table: Likelihood of pulmonary embolism according to scan category and clinical probability in PIOPED study Scan Probability Clinical Probability of Pulmonary Emboli High Intermediate Low High 95 86 56 Intermediate 66 28 15 Low 40 15 4 Normal or near normal 0 6 2
    23. 23. V/Q Scan <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent negative predictive value (97%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used in patients with contraindication to contrast medium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30-50% of patients have non-diagnostic scan necessitating further investigation </li></ul></ul>Sostman HD et al. Radiology. 2008;246:941-6.
    24. 24. CT-PA vs. V/Q scan <ul><li>Directly compared in trial of 1417 patients with suspected PE </li></ul><ul><li>Randomized to CT-PA or V/Q scan </li></ul><ul><li>Main outcome measure was development of symptomatic VTE post-negative test </li></ul><ul><li>Result: CT-PA not inferior to V/Q scan for ruling out pulmonary embolism </li></ul><ul><li>PIOPED II </li></ul><ul><ul><li>higher rate of non-diagnostic tests with V/Q Scan vs. CT-PA (26.5% vs. 6.2%) </li></ul></ul>Anderson DR et al. JAMA. 2007 Dec 19;298(23):2743-53. Sostman DH et al. Radiology. 2008 Jan 14;246:941-946.
    25. 25. Imaging in Pregnancy <ul><li>No validated clinical decision rules </li></ul><ul><li>No consensus in evidence for diagnostic imaging algorithm </li></ul><ul><li>Balance risk of radiation vs. risk of missed fatal diagnosis or unnecessary anticoagulation </li></ul><ul><li>MDCT delivers higher radiation dose to mother but lower dose to fetus than V/Q scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Consider low-dose CT-PA or reduced-dose lung scintigraphy </li></ul>Stein P et al. Radiology. 2007 Jan;242:15-21. Marik PE; Plante LA. N. Engl. J. Med. 2008;359:2025-33.
    26. 26. Multidetector-CT Technique <ul><li>Parameters vary by scanner equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast material bolus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration of injection should approximate duration of scan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desired flow rate 3-5ml/s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually 50-80ml </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best results achieved if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thin sections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High and homogenous enhancement of pulmonary vessels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data acquisition in single breath hold </li></ul></ul>Schaefer-Prokop C; Prokop M. Eur. Radiol. Suppl. 2005;15(4):d37-d41.
    27. 27. Multidetector-CT Findings <ul><li>Partial or complete filling defects in lumen of pulmonary arteries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most reliable sign is filling defect forming acute angle with vessel wall with defect outlined by contrast material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tram-track sign” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parallel lines of contrast surrounding thrombus in vessel that travels in transverse plane </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Rim sign” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contrast surrounding thrombus in vessel that travels orthogonal to transverse plane </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>RV strain indicated by straightening or leftward bowing of interventricular septum </li></ul>Macdonald S; Mayo J. Semin. Ultrasound CT. 2003;24(4):271-231.
    28. 28. MDCT Findings Large saddle thrombus with extensive clot burden. Arrows demonstrating tram-track sign (A), rim sign (B), complete filling defect (C), and a fully non-contrasted vessel (D) A B C D
    29. 29. Arrow indicating rim sign Arrow indicating tram-track sign
    30. 30. Multidetector-CT: Artifacts <ul><li>Pseudo-filling defects or “pseudo-emboli” caused by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suboptimal contrast enhancement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motion artifact – respiratory and cardiac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volume averaging of obliquely oriented vessels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-enhanced pulmonary veins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hilar lymph nodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asymmetric pulmonary vascular resistance </li></ul></ul>Macdonald S; Mayo J. Semin. Ultrasound CT. 2003;24(4):231-271.
    31. 31. Clinical relevance of MDCT findings I. Subsegmental Emboli <ul><li>Natural history largely unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of evidence to guide management </li></ul><ul><li>Some suggest isolated subsegmental PE may not require treatment in appropriately selected subset of patients </li></ul><ul><li>Currently treat on case-by-base basis </li></ul>Le Gal G et al. 2006;4(4):724-731. Goodman LR. Radiology. 2005;234(3)654-658. Glassroth J. JAMA. 2007;298(23):2788-2789.
    32. 32. Patient with pneumonectomy Lingular subsegmental pulmonary embolism (arrow)
    33. 33. Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings II. RV Strain <ul><li>Increased RV:LV ratio correlated with increased thrombus load </li></ul><ul><li>Increased RV diastolic dimensions on axial CT correlate with worse outcome in acute PE </li></ul>Sanchez O et al. Eur. Heart J. 2008;29:1569–77. Massive bilateral PE with signs of RV strain. Dilated RV with visible thrombus (arrow).
    34. 34. Contrast seen in IVC, indicating RV strain Bilateral mosaic attenuation
    35. 35. Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings III. Clot Burden <ul><li>Clot burden = pulmonary arterial obstruction index </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicting evidence re: clinical relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Prospective study of 105 patients with PE found no correlation between clot burden and all-cause mortality at 12 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible selection bias – patients with large clot burden may have died prior to CTPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single-detector CTPA used </li></ul></ul>
    36. 36. Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings iv. Mosaic Perfusion <ul><li>Mosaic perfusion is an indirect sign of nonuniform pulmonary arterial perfusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-specific for acute PE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DDx = chronic PE, emphysema, infection, compression/invasion of pulmonary artery, atelectasis, pleuritis, and pulmonary venous hypertension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No evidence demonstrating clinical relevance </li></ul></ul>Wittram C et al. AJR 2006;186:S421-S429. Massive PE with RV strain and mosaic attenuation (arrow)
    37. 38. Diagnostic Imaging Algorithm Adapted from Agnelli G; Becattini C. N. Engl. J. Med. 2010;363:266-74. Elevated D-Dimer or High clinical probability MDCT-PA V/Q Scan if contraindication to contrast Negative PE confirmed May consider venous U/S but will be positive in less than 1% of patients Diagnostic Non-diagnostic PE confirmed PE ruled out Venous U/S
    38. 39. New Imaging Approaches <ul><li>Dual Energy Iodine Distribution Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides functional and anatomic lung imaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates perfusion defects beyond obstructive and non-obstructive clots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagnostic accuracy and inter/intra-observer variability requires further research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indirect evaluation of peripheral pulmonary arterial bed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Longer data acquisition time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased radiation exposure </li></ul></ul></ul>Pontana F et al. Acad. Radiol. 2008;15(12):1494. Multiple thrombi in main PA with extensive clot burden. Perfusion defects seen on iodine mapping
    39. 41. New Imaging Approaches <ul><li>Low dose MDCT using ultra high pitch technique </li></ul><ul><li>Useful in patients who are unable to hold their breath </li></ul><ul><li>Timing of contrast bolus even more critical </li></ul>Left lower lobe subsegmental embolism (arrow) with associated atelectasis using high-pitch technique
    40. 43. Conclusion <ul><li>Proper use of clinical prediction rules aids in better utilization of imaging studies and cost effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>MDCT-PA is preferred diagnostic technique </li></ul><ul><li>V/Q scan for patients with contraindication to iodine contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Low-dose CT-PA or reduced-dose lung scintigraphy in pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Dual energy CT can depict regional perfusion status as well as intravascular emboli </li></ul><ul><li>High pitch low dose technique can reduce motion artifacts </li></ul>
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