Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism

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Abstract

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of acute cardiovascular death throughout the world. Although computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the primary imaging study used to diagnose acute PE, pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is increasingly being used in patients with contraindications for CTA. This manuscript reviews the MRA techniques used for the diagnosis of PE and discuss how these techniques can be implemented in routine clinical practice. In addition, the efficacy and effectiveness of these techniques will be compared to other modalities.

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