Reinventing ventilation/perfusion lung scanning with SPECT

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Nuclear Medicine Communications (Impact Factor: 1.67). 01/2009; 29(12):1023-5. DOI: 10.1097/MNM.0b013e328315efa1
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    • "SPECT techniques were, up to few years ago, used in clinical diagnosis only by a limited number of centers. Given the improvements in sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy that has generally accompanied the transition from two-dimensional planar to three-dimensional (3D) imaging, SPECT technique in ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy historically, one of the most commonly performed diagnostic studies in nuclear medicine, is superior in contrast resolution and improved anatomical detail compared with V/P perfusion scintigraphy, in the diagnosis of perfusion embolism [32]. "
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