Perfusion Scintigraphy in Diagnosis and Management of Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension.
Radiographics. 2019 Jan-Feb;39(1):169-185. doi: 10.1148/rg.2019180074.
Moradi F1, Morris TA1, Hoh CK1.
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a life-threatening complication of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Because the treatment of CTEPH is markedly different from that of other types of pulmonary hypertension, lung ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy is recommended for the workup of patients with unexplained pulmonary hypertension. Lung V/Q scintigraphy is superior to CT pulmonary angiography for detecting CTEPH. Perfusion defect findings of CTEPH can be different from those of acute PE. Familiarity with the patterns of perfusion defects seen during the initial workup of CTEPH and the expected posttreatment changes seen at follow-up imaging is essential for accurate interpretation of V/Q scintigraphy findings. ©RSNA, 2019.