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Minimizing contrast medium doses to diagnose pulmonary embolism with 80-kVp multidetector computed tomography in azotemic patients.
Acta Radiol. 2009 Mar; 50(2):181-93.AR

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in azotemic patients, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging are frequently inconclusive or not available in many hospitals. Computed tomography is readily available, but relatively high doses (30-50 g I) of potentially nephrotoxic iodine contrast media (CM) are used.

PURPOSE

To report on the diagnostic quality and possible contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) after substantially reduced CM doses to diagnose PE in azotemic patients using 80-peak kilovoltage (kVp) 16-row multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) combined with CM doses tailored to body weight, fixed injection duration adapted to scan time, automatic bolus tracking, and saline chaser.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

Patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <50 ml/min were scheduled to undergo 80-kVp MDCT using 200 mg I/kg, and those with eGFR >or=50 ml/min, 120-kVp MDCT with 320 mg I/kg. Both protocols used an 80-kg maximum dose weight and a fixed 15-s injection time. Pulmonary artery density and contrast-to-noise ratio were measured assuming 70 Hounsfield units (HU) for a fresh clot. CIN was defined as a plasma creatinine rise >44.2 micromol/l from baseline.

RESULTS

89/148 patients (63/68 females) underwent 80-/120-kVp protocols, respectively, with 95% of the examinations being subjectively excellent or adequate. Mean values in the 80-/120-kVp cohorts regarding age were 82/65 years, body weight 66/78 kg, effective mAs 277/117, CM dose 13/23 g I, pulmonary artery density 359/345 HU, image noise (1 standard deviation) 24/21 HU, contrast-to-noise ratio 13/13, and dose-length product 173/258 mGy x cm. Only 1/65 and 2/119 patients in the 80- and 120-kVp cohorts, respectively, with negative CT and no anticoagulation suffered non-fatal thromboembolism during 3-month follow-up. No patient developed CIN.

CONCLUSION

80-kVp 16-row MDCT with optimization of injection parameters may be performed with preserved diagnostic quality, using markedly reduced CM doses compared with common routine practice, which should be to the benefit of patients at risk of CIN.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Malmö University Hospital, University of Lund, Malmö, Sweden.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19169917

Citation

Holmquist, F, et al. "Minimizing Contrast Medium Doses to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism With 80-kVp Multidetector Computed Tomography in Azotemic Patients." Acta Radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987), vol. 50, no. 2, 2009, pp. 181-93.
Holmquist F, Hansson K, Pasquariello F, et al. Minimizing contrast medium doses to diagnose pulmonary embolism with 80-kVp multidetector computed tomography in azotemic patients. Acta Radiol. 2009;50(2):181-93.
Holmquist, F., Hansson, K., Pasquariello, F., Björk, J., & Nyman, U. (2009). Minimizing contrast medium doses to diagnose pulmonary embolism with 80-kVp multidetector computed tomography in azotemic patients. Acta Radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987), 50(2), 181-93. https://doi.org/10.1080/02841850802657269
Holmquist F, et al. Minimizing Contrast Medium Doses to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism With 80-kVp Multidetector Computed Tomography in Azotemic Patients. Acta Radiol. 2009;50(2):181-93. PubMed PMID: 19169917.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Minimizing contrast medium doses to diagnose pulmonary embolism with 80-kVp multidetector computed tomography in azotemic patients. AU - Holmquist,F, AU - Hansson,K, AU - Pasquariello,F, AU - Björk,J, AU - Nyman,U, PY - 2009/1/27/entrez PY - 2009/1/27/pubmed PY - 2009/4/1/medline SP - 181 EP - 93 JF - Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987) JO - Acta Radiol VL - 50 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: In diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in azotemic patients, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging are frequently inconclusive or not available in many hospitals. Computed tomography is readily available, but relatively high doses (30-50 g I) of potentially nephrotoxic iodine contrast media (CM) are used. PURPOSE: To report on the diagnostic quality and possible contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) after substantially reduced CM doses to diagnose PE in azotemic patients using 80-peak kilovoltage (kVp) 16-row multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) combined with CM doses tailored to body weight, fixed injection duration adapted to scan time, automatic bolus tracking, and saline chaser. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <50 ml/min were scheduled to undergo 80-kVp MDCT using 200 mg I/kg, and those with eGFR >or=50 ml/min, 120-kVp MDCT with 320 mg I/kg. Both protocols used an 80-kg maximum dose weight and a fixed 15-s injection time. Pulmonary artery density and contrast-to-noise ratio were measured assuming 70 Hounsfield units (HU) for a fresh clot. CIN was defined as a plasma creatinine rise >44.2 micromol/l from baseline. RESULTS: 89/148 patients (63/68 females) underwent 80-/120-kVp protocols, respectively, with 95% of the examinations being subjectively excellent or adequate. Mean values in the 80-/120-kVp cohorts regarding age were 82/65 years, body weight 66/78 kg, effective mAs 277/117, CM dose 13/23 g I, pulmonary artery density 359/345 HU, image noise (1 standard deviation) 24/21 HU, contrast-to-noise ratio 13/13, and dose-length product 173/258 mGy x cm. Only 1/65 and 2/119 patients in the 80- and 120-kVp cohorts, respectively, with negative CT and no anticoagulation suffered non-fatal thromboembolism during 3-month follow-up. No patient developed CIN. CONCLUSION: 80-kVp 16-row MDCT with optimization of injection parameters may be performed with preserved diagnostic quality, using markedly reduced CM doses compared with common routine practice, which should be to the benefit of patients at risk of CIN. SN - 1600-0455 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19169917/Minimizing_contrast_medium_doses_to_diagnose_pulmonary_embolism_with_80_kVp_multidetector_computed_tomography_in_azotemic_patients_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1080/02841850802657269?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&amp;rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&amp;rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -