European Radiology

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 2546–2553

Magnetic resonance imaging of acute pulmonary embolism

  • Christian Fink
  • Sebastian Ley
  • Stefan O. Schoenberg
  • Maximilian F. Reiser
  • H. U. Kauczor
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Abstract

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a very common and potentially life-threatening disease. In comparison with CT, the clinical relevance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the assessment of PE is low. Nevertheless, as there are some potential advantages of MRI over CT (e.g. radiation free method, better safety profile of MR contrast media, capability of functional imaging). In certain patient, groups MRI might therefore be considered as a valuable alternative in the assessment of suspected PE. This article reviews the relevant MRI techniques for the evaluation of PE and gives an overview of the current literature for contrast-enhanced MR angiography of PE.

Keywords

Pulmonary embolism Deep venous thrombosis Contrast-enhanced MR angiography Pulmonary perfusion MRI MR venography 

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Fink
    • 1
  • Sebastian Ley
    • 3
  • Stefan O. Schoenberg
    • 1
  • Maximilian F. Reiser
    • 2
  • H. U. Kauczor
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Clinical RadiologyUniversity Hospital Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim-University of HeidelbergMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Department of Clinical RadiologyUniversity Hospitals Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyDeutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany

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