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1 Advances in Pulmonary Embolism Imaging Kelly MacLean; David Tso; Ferco Berger;Anja Reimann; Chris Davison; Joao Inacio;Ahmed Albuali; Savvas NicolaouASER 2010
2 ObjectivesIdentify the importance of a proper clinical scoring index exam in the ERReview of literature supporting CT for pulmonary embolism versus V/Q scanningAppropriate imaging of pulmonary embolism for pregnant patientsIllustrate MDCT technique, findings, artifacts, and clinical correlationsIntroduce new techniques and methods for assessing pulmonary embolism
3 Outline Introduction Pathophysiology and clinical presentation Clinical prediction rules and D-dimer screeningDiagnostic imaging modalitiesImaging in pregnancyClinical implications of MDCT findingsDiagnostic imaging algorithmNew imaging approaches
4 Introduction Acute PE is common High mortality rate if left untreated Clinical presentation is highly variable and non-specificDiagnosis requires appropriate and accurate imagingPrompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce mortality from 30% to 2-8%ASER limits to 40 slides per presentation. Suggest tightening intro to make more succintHorlander KT; Mannino DM; Leeper KV. Arch Intern Med Jul; 163(14):Carson JL et al. N. Engl. J. Med May 7; 326(19):
5 PathophysiologyPE most commonly arise from thrombi in deep venous system of lower extremitiesIliofemoral vein thrombi most clinically recognized cause of PE50-80% of proximal vein thrombi originate distal to popliteal veinSize of PE determines location:Main pulmonary arteryLobar branchesSubsegmental emboliMoser, KM. Am. Rev. Respir. Dis. 1990; 141:235.Weinmann, EE; Salzman, EW. N. Engl. J. Med. 1994; 331:1630.
6 Pathophysiology Impaired gas exchange Hypotension Ventilation/perfusion mismatchRelease of inflammatory mediators leads to surfactant dysfunction, atelectasis, alveolar hemorrhageIntrapulmonary shuntingHypotensionResults from increased PVR, RV dilatation, impaired LV filling, eventual impaired CODiscuss pathophysiology of tissue death, preload, RV strainNakos G; Kitsiouli EI; Lekka ME. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med Nov; 158(5 Pt 1):Goldhaber Z; Elliot CG. Circulation 2003; 108:
7 Clinical Presentation - Symptoms Dyspnea (73%) – usually acute onsetPleuritic chest pain (44%)Calf pain/swelling (41-44%)Orthopnea (28%)Wheezing (21%)Cough (20%)Syncope (14%)Hemoptysis (7%)Goldhaber SZ; Visani L; De Rosa M. Lancet 1999 Apr 24; 353(9162):Stein PD et al. Am. J. Med Oct;120(10):871-9.
8 Clinical Presentation – Signs Tachypnea (53%)Tachycardia (24%)Rales (18%)Decreased breath sounds (17%)Accentuated P2 (15%)JV distension (14%)Signs and symptoms are highly variable, non- specific, and common in patients without PEIncorporate this into a table with Signs & Symptoms togetherGoldhaber SZ; Visani L; De Rosa M. Lancet 1999 Apr 24;353(9162):Stein PD et al. Am. J. Med Oct;120(10):871-9.
9 Work-up of patient with suspected PE Stable patients should follow sequential diagnostic workup including:Clinical probability assessment i.e. Wells Score+/- D-dimer+/- MDCT or V/Q scanThe Christopher Study JAMA 2006Prospective cohort study of 3306 patients with clinically suspected PEWriting Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA. 2006; 295:
10 The Christopher Study - Outcomes Perhaps cut out this table and stick with summaries pointsLow risk of VTE when low clinical probability and normal D-dimer testingCT-PA effectively rules out PE without need for other imaging studiesFirst study to validate safety of dichotomized (modified) Wells Score vs. original Wells ScoreWriting Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA. 2006; 295:
11 Modified Wells Criteria Clinical symptoms of DVT (leg swelling, pain with palpation)3.0Other diagnosis less likely than PEHeart rate >1001.5Immobilization or surgery in previous 4 weeksPrevious DVT/PEHemoptysis1.0MalignancyPE Likely>4PE Unlikely</= 4Wells PS et al. Thromb Haemost 2000 Mar; 83(3):
12 D-Dimer Screening Poor specificity and positive predictive value Sensitivity generally good but varies with:Type of assay usedLocation of PENormal D-dimer sufficient to exclude PE if low/moderate pretest probability (Wells Score)Cost-effectiveAvoids unnecessary imagingStein PD et al. Ann Intern Med Apr 20;140(8):De Monye W et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med Feb 1;165(3):345-8.Perrier et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2003; 167:39-44.
13 The Christopher Study – Workup Algorithm Zoom into MDCTWriting Group for the Christopher Study Investigators JAMA. 2006; 295:
14 Overview of Imaging Modalities for Pulmonary Embolism Lower extremity venous ultrasonographyMultidetector helical CT pulmonary angiographyMRIVentilation-perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q scan)
15 Lower extremity venous ultrasonography Compression U/S = B-mode imaging onlyDuplex U/S = B-mode plus Doppler waveform analysisLimited vs.complete examIIliac, common femoral, femoral, popliteal, greater saphenous, calf veinsAdvantagesCostPortabilityMay avoid further diagnostic imaging if positiveLimitationsLow sensitivity and risk of false positivesNo consistent protocol for techniqueOperator dependantUsing positive U/S as diagnosis of PE would mean:Sensitivity 29%Specificity 97%Benefits: Avoid 14% of lung scans and 9% of angiogramsDrawbacks: Unnecessary treatment in false positives (13%)Turkstra F; Kuijer PM; van Beek EJ; Brandjes DP; ten Cate JW; Buller HR. Ann Intern Med May 15;126(10):
16 Venous Ultrasonography Recommendations of UseFirst-line if radiographic imaging contraindicated or not readily availableNot likely required in patient with negative CT-PAHelpful to rule out DVT in patient with non-diagnostic V/Q scanFlow chartAnderson DR; Barnes D. Semin. Nucl. Med Nov;38(6)412-7.
17 Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography Increasingly the first-line imaging modalityPIOPED-II Study: 824 patients evaluated prospectively with multidetector CTA versus composite reference testSensitivity 83%Specificity 96%PPV = 96% with concordant clinical assessmentDavid/Dr. Nicolaou – should I mention here anything about pros/cons of adding lower-limb CT venography?Stein PD et al. N. Engl. J. Med Jun 1;354(22):
18 Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography – Advantages Diagnosis of alternative disease entitiesCoverage of entire chest with high spatial resolution in one breath holdHigh interobserver correlationAvailabilityImproved depiction of small peripheral emboliSchoepf J; Costello P. Radiology Feb; 230:
19 Multidetector helical CT pulmonary angiography – Limitations Reader expertise requiredExpenseRequires precise timing of contrast bolusRadiation exposureNot portableContraindications to contrastRenal insufficiencyContrast allergySchoepf J; Costello P. Radiology Feb; 230:
20 MRIImage: 59 y.o. male with severe dyspneaMR 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.PIOPED III TrialAccuracy of gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography in combination with venous phase venography in diagnosing acute PEInsufficient sensitivityHigh rate of technically inadequate imagesIncorporate PIOPED III Trial into limitations section next slideKluge, A. et al. Am. J. Roentgenol. 2006;187:W7-W14Stein PD et al. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:
21 MRI Advantages Lack of ionizing radiation Limitations Respiratory and cardiac motion artifactSuboptimal resolution for peripheral pulmonary arteriesComplicated blood flow patternsExperimental technology may have role in futureReal-time MR sequence without breath holdMolecular MRI with fibrin-specific contrast agentTapson, VF. N. Engl. J. Med. 1997; 336:1449.Haage P et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med Mar 1;167(5): Epub 2002 Nov 21.Spuentrup E et al. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med Aug 15;172(4): Epub 2005 Jun 3.
22 Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy PIOPED Study: Accuracy of V/Q scan versus reference standard (pulmonary angiogram)Table: Likelihood of pulmonary embolism according to scan category and clinical probability in PIOPED studyScan ProbabilityClinical Probability of Pulmonary EmboliHighIntermediateLow958656662815404Normal or near normal62The PIOPED Investigators. JAMA May 23-30;263(20):
23 V/Q Scan Advantages Limitations Excellent negative predictive value (97%)Can be used in patients with contraindication to contrast mediumLimitations30-50% of patients have non-diagnostic scan necessitating further investigationSostman HD et al. Radiology. 2008;246:941-6.
24 CT-PA vs. V/Q scanDirectly compared in trial of 1417 patients with suspected PERandomized to CT-PA or V/Q scanMain outcome measure was development of symptomatic VTE post-negative testResult: CT-PA not inferior to V/Q scan for ruling out pulmonary embolismPIOPED IIhigher rate of non-diagnostic tests with V/Q Scan vs. CT-PA (26.5% vs. 6.2%)CT- PA: spell out acronymCT able to determine other causesAnderson DR et al. JAMA Dec 19;298(23):Sostman DH et al. Radiology Jan 14;246:
25 Imaging in Pregnancy No validated clinical decision rules No consensus in evidence for diagnostic imaging algorithmBalance risk of radiation vs. risk of missed fatal diagnosis or unnecessary anticoagulationMDCT delivers higher radiation dose to mother but lower dose to fetus than V/Q scanningConsider low-dose CT-PA or reduced-dose lung scintigraphyStein P et al. Radiology Jan;242:15-21.Marik PE; Plante LA. N. Engl. J. Med. 2008;359:
26 Multidetector-CT Technique Parameters vary by scanner equipmentContrast material bolusDuration of injection should approximate duration of scanDesired flow rate 3-5ml/sUsually 50-80mlBest results achieved if:Thin sectionsHigh and homogenous enhancement of pulmonary vesselsData acquisition in single breath holdAwaiting Charles Uh for protocolsNeed to get VGH protocolsSchaefer-Prokop C; Prokop M. Eur. Radiol. Suppl. 2005;15(4):d37-d41.
27 Multidetector-CT Findings Partial or complete filling defects in lumen of pulmonary arteriesMost reliable sign is filling defect forming acute angle with vessel wall with defect outlined by contrast material“Tram-track sign”Parallel lines of contrast surrounding thrombus in vessel that travels in transverse plane“Rim sign”Contrast surrounding thrombus in vessel that travels orthogonal to transverse planeRV strain indicated by straightening or leftward bowing of interventricular septumMacdonald S; Mayo J. Semin. Ultrasound CT. 2003;24(4):
28 MDCT FindingsCDBANeed to make arrows more accentuated, use “Shapes” under drawing tools in PowerpointMake image bigger,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)
29 Arrow indicating tram-track sign Arrow indicating rim sign
30 Multidetector-CT: Artifacts Pseudo-filling defects or “pseudo-emboli” caused by:Suboptimal contrast enhancementMotion artifact – respiratory and cardiacVolume averaging of obliquely oriented vesselsNon-enhanced pulmonary veinsHilar lymph nodesAsymmetric pulmonary vascular resistanceMacdonald S; Mayo J. Semin. Ultrasound CT. 2003;24(4):
31 Clinical relevance of MDCT findings I. Subsegmental Emboli Natural history largely unknownLack of evidence to guide managementSome suggest isolated subsegmental PE may not require treatment in appropriately selected subset of patientsCurrently treat on case-by-base basisLe Gal G et al. 2006;4(4):Goodman LR. Radiology. 2005;234(3)Glassroth J. JAMA. 2007;298(23):
32 Patient with pneumonectomy Lingular subsegmental pulmonary embolism (arrow)
33 Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings II. RV Strain Increased RV:LV ratio correlated with increased thrombus loadIncreased RV diastolic dimensions on axial CT correlate with worse outcome in acute PEIncrease afterload, can’t generate enough pressuresRestate why contrast may end up in IVCMassive bilateral PE with signs of RV strain. Dilated RV with visible thrombus (arrow).Sanchez O et al. Eur. Heart J. 2008;29:1569–77.
34 Contrast seen in IVC, indicating RV strain Mosaic attenuation – should use lung windowContrast seen in IVC, indicating RV strainBilateral mosaic attenuation
35 Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings III. Clot Burden Clot burden = pulmonary arterial obstruction indexConflicting evidence re: clinical relevanceProspective study of 105 patients with PE found no correlation between clot burden and all-cause mortality at 12 monthsPossible selection bias – patients with large clot burden may have died prior to CTPASingle-detector CTPA usedIs it okay we use these slides – technically is this presentation for educational purposes?Question: How do we score clot burden?
36 Clinical Relevance of MDCT findings iv. Mosaic Perfusion Mosaic perfusion is an indirect sign of nonuniform pulmonary arterial perfusionNon-specific for acute PEDDx = chronic PE, emphysema, infection, compression/invasion of pulmonary artery, atelectasis, pleuritis, and pulmonary venous hypertensionNo evidence demonstrating clinical relevancePlease have this in lung windowsMassive PE with RV strain and mosaic attenuation (arrow)Wittram C et al. AJR 2006;186:S421-S429.
38 Diagnostic Imaging Algorithm Where is CXR in this diagram. Also need to eliminate Venous U/S since it’s not done.Adapted from Agnelli G; Becattini C. N. Engl. J. Med. 2010;363:
39 New Imaging Approaches Dual Energy Iodine Distribution MapsProvides functional and anatomic lung imagingDemonstrates perfusion defects beyond obstructive and non-obstructive clotsDiagnostic accuracy and inter/intra-observer variability requires further researchAdvantagesIndirect evaluation of peripheral pulmonary arterial bedDisadvantagesLonger data acquisition timeIncreased radiation exposureMultiple thrombi in main PA with extensive clot burden. Perfusion defects seen on iodine mappingPontana F et al. Acad. Radiol. 2008;15(12):1494.
41 New Imaging Approaches Low dose MDCT using ultra high pitch techniqueUseful in patients who are unable to hold their breathTiming of contrast bolus even more criticalLeft lower lobe subsegmental embolism (arrow) with associated atelectasis using high-pitch technique
43 ConclusionProper use of clinical prediction rules aids in better utilization of imaging studies and cost effectivenessMDCT-PA is preferred diagnostic techniqueV/Q scan for patients with contraindication to iodine contrastLow-dose CT-PA or reduced-dose lung scintigraphy in pregnancyDual energy CT can depict regional perfusion status as well as intravascular emboliHigh pitch low dose technique can reduce motion artifacts
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