What is CT Angio- Pulmonary Embolism?
The Computed Tomography based Angiography is an imaging procedure in which the rotating beams of X-rays are used after injection of a contrast material to create a detailed image of the pulmonary (lung) blood vessels and their blood flow patterns to help detect and diagnose blood supply disorders due to blockages in the blood vessels.
Preparation for CT Angio- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the X-ray.
Why Get Tested for CT Angio- Pulmonary Embolism?
- • To evaluate the pulmonary blood vessels for embolism or blockage which may be caused by a number of factors like air, blood clot, fat deposits, tumor, etc. • To check for abnormalities of blood clotting factors causing increased blood coagulation • To evaluate the pulmonary blood vessels for embolism or blockage in case of recent surgery or prolonged period of immobility like bed rest • To detect the presence of any malignant tumors (abnormal growth)
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