, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 243-249
Date: 29 Nov 2006

MDCT for suspected pulmonary embolism: multi-institutional survey of 16-MDCT data acquisition protocols

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which a consensus exists on multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) protocol parameters for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). In August of 2004, a questionnaire addressing a number of body MDCT protocols was mailed to 99 fellows of the Society of Computed Body Tomography, representing a total of 46 institutions. In May 2005, this was followed up with a second mailing. The survey requested details pertaining to protocols for the most advanced MDCT scanner in the department. The overall survey response rate of 37% (17/46) yielded 15 protocols for 16-MDCT imaging of suspected PE. This data was tabulated and revealed a consensus for the use of bolus tracking, rapid contrast infusion, caudo-cranial scanning, the narrowest detector row collimation, and thin (<2 mm) reconstruction sections. However, contrast infusion timing, contrast concentration, and implementation of radiation dose modulation were variable. This compilation of protocols reflects recently published studies advocating the use of narrow acquisition collimation and reconstruction sections for MDCT of suspected PE. Future studies are necessary to elucidate the optimal intravenous contrast infusion parameters and further assess the efficacy of reduced radiation dose protocols.