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J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):296-301. doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3181c1d0e4.

Prevalence of incidental pulmonary findings and early follow-up results in patients undergoing dual-source 64-slice computed tomography coronary angiography.

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Department of Cardiology, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. yorgunhikmet@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In this study, we aimed to evaluate the incidence of pulmonary abnormalities and document early follow-up results in subjects undergoing multislice computed tomography coronary angiography for the assessment of coronary artery disease.

METHODS:

In this retrospective analysis, 1206 patients including 701 men (58.1%) with a mean age of 58.75 (SD, 11.4) years were involved in the study who underwent coronary multislice computed tomography imaging with a 64-slice dual-source scanner. Pulmonary abnormalities were reported as nodules, pulmonary mass, emphysema, bullae, atelectasia, bronchiectasia, pleural effusion, pulmonary fibrosis, and other findings.

RESULTS:

In total, 186 pulmonary abnormalities were detected in 171 patients (14.1%). Of those, 90 (48.4%) were pulmonary nodules, and 30 (16.1%) were emphysema. Also, we report 3 cases of lung cancer, and 1 case of breast cancer. Early follow-up results revealed stable pulmonary findings.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multislice computed tomography can give important clues including diseases regarding the pulmonary system. It is essential for the reporting practitioner to review the entire scan for pulmonary pathological findings.

PMID:
20351524
DOI:
10.1097/RCT.0b013e3181c1d0e4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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