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Int J Cardiol. 2013 Oct 12;168(5):4775-83. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.07.228. Epub 2013 Aug 1.

Diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR angiography at 3-T for acute pulmonary embolism detection: comparison with multidetector CT angiography.

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Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Medical School of Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210002, China. Electronic address:



Three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR pulmonary angiography (MRPA) is a suitable option for pulmonary embolism (PE) detection. However, there have been few reports on the diagnostic accuracy of MRPA for PE detection in a 3-T MR system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of MRPA in a 3-T MR system to detect acute PE with multidetector CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) as reference standard.


Twenty-seven patients (18 males and 9 females, mean age 38.9±14.4 years) underwent both MRPA and CTPA within 3 days (range, 0-3 days) for evaluating PE. Pulmonary emboli in MRPA were independently analyzed on a per-patient and per-lobe basis by two radiologists. CTPA was regarded as reference standard, which was evaluated by another two radiologists in consensus. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy for PE detection were calculated. Weighted κ values were calculated to evaluate agreement between readers.


Twenty-four patients had PE in 55 lung lobes in CTPA, while 3 patients had no PE detected. Readers 1 and 2 correctly detected 47 and 46 lung lobes having clots in 24 and 23 patients, corresponding to sensitivities, specificities, PPV, NPV, and accuracies of 100%, 100%, 100%, 100%, 100%; 100%, 66.7%, 96.0%, 100%, 96.4% on a per-patient basis and 85.5%, 100%, 100%, 90.9%, 94.1%; 83.6%, 93.7%, 90.2%, 89.2%, 89.6% on a per-lobe basis; respectively. Excellent inter-reader agreement (κ values=1.00 and 0.934; both P<0.001) were found for detecting PE on a per-patient and per-lobe analysis.


Three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MRPA with a 3-T MR system is a suitable alternative modality to CTPA to detect PE on a per-patient basis based on this small cohort study.


Magnetic resonance imaging; Pulmonary embolism; Tomography, X-ray computed

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