CT Angio- Pulmonary Venous Anatomy
What is CT Angio- Pulmonary Venous Anatomy?
The CT (Computed Tomography) Angio - Pulmonary Venous Anatomy is a procedure that conducts a detailed observation of the pulmonary veins. Pulmonary veins are those which carry oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart.
This procedure helps detect any blockages in the veins. It is also used to detect congenital diseases, blockages in the blood vessels, increase in blood pressure, and obstruction in arteries caused by blood clots. It helps examine cancerous mass and pulmonary tumors. It can also help examine the veins for hardening caused by calcium carbonate.
A contrast material is injected into the veins, after which the rotating beams of X-Rays capture a detailed image of the veins. Pregnant women must inform the doctor before the procedure to avoid exposing the fetus to radiation.
Why is CT Angio- Pulmonary Venous Anatomy done?
- To diagnose congenital disease and evaluation of the patient before and for evaluation of the patients before atrial fibrillation.
- To detect stenosis (blockage in the blood vessels of the heart), increased blood pressure and pulmonary embolism (thrombus in the pulmonary arteries)
- To find out Pulmonary neoplasm / cancer progression in the case of fibrosing mediastinitis or and tuberculosis-related pulmonary destruction
- To evaluate pulmonary vein thrombosis (rare complication due to pulmonary tumors or lung surgeries)
- To monitor progress pulmonary venous hypertension and calcifications of the pulmonary veins generally found in the patients with rheumatic fever or kidney failure case