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Findings in chest angiotomographies with PET protocols

Journal of Lung, Pulmonary & Respiratory Research
Benavides Alejandra, Varas Hector


Objectives: To investígate and analyze the tomographic findings in AngioCT with PET protocol. Material and method: Tomography reports of patients undergoing AngioCT for suspected PE during the period from January 2020 to December 2022 performed at the high complexity hospital were analyzed. RESULTS: The analysis showed a significant increase in findings in 2021, associated with the frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The predominant age range was 60 to 79 years. There was a slight predominance of male patients compared to female patients. Among the most common are pleural or pericardial effusion, atelectasis, and the ground glass or mosaic pattern. Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrate that CT angiography with a PET protocol is a valuable diagnostic tool in patients with suspected PE. Incidental detection of these injuries raises questions about appropriate management, follow-up, and the need for medical interventions. This phenomenon has led to a growing need to develop clear guidelines and criteria for the evaluation and management of incidentalomas found on chest PET scans. In this context, it is crucial to investigate and better understand the nature and clinical implications of these findings to improve medical decision making.


CT angiography, pet, incidental findings, pulmonary embolism