Pulmonary CTA Reporting: AJR Expert Panel Narrative Review

Stephanie Tan, John W. Nance, Linda B. Haramati, Prabhakar Rajiah, William M. Sherk, Grégoire Le Gal, Jadranka Stojanovska

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Abstract

Pulmonary CTA is a ubiquitous study interpreted by radiologists with different levels of experience in a variety of practice settings. Pulmonary embolism (PE) can range from an incidental and clinically insignificant finding to a clinically significant thrombus that can be managed on an outpatient basis to a potentially fatal condition requiring immediate medical or invasive management. Accordingly, a clear and concise pulmonary CTA report should effectively communicate the most pertinent findings to help the treating medical team diagnose or exclude PE and provide information to guide appropriate management. In this Expert Panel Narrative Review, we discuss the purpose of the radiology report for pulmonary CTA, the optimal report format, and the relevant findings that need to be addressed and their clinical significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-404
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume218
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • CT pulmonary angiography
  • CTPA
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary embolism in transit
  • Report
  • Right heart strain
  • Standardized reporting
  • pulmonary CTA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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