Multidetector CT imaging of pleura: comparison of two contrast infusion protocols

The results of this study demonstrate that imaging with 150 ml of contrast infused at 2.5 ml s–1 leads to significantly higher enhancement of the pleura and major vessels than 100 ml of contrast infused at 2 ml s–1

V Raj

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • E-mail: drvimalraj@gmail.com was to compare two contrast infusion protocols used in multidetector CT imaging of suspected pleural disease
  • 20 of the total of 40 patients analysed were assigned to each group; Group A had a 16:4 distribution in comparison with 17:3 in Group B
  • The results of this study demonstrate that imaging with 150 ml of contrast infused at 2.5 ml s–1 leads to significantly higher enhancement of the pleura and major vessels than 100 ml of contrast infused at 2 ml s–1
  • MDCT has an important role in managing pleural disease
  • This incidence increases to 4% in inpatients and 5% in patients with neoplastic disease
  • Enhancement of the pleura and major vessels is significantly higher in patients receiving more contrast at a greater infusion rate
  • When pleural disease is suspected, contrast infusion protocols could be modified to achieve maximal enhancement of relevant structures

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