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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-32

Role of Chest X-ray for the Detection of Pulmonary Thromboembolism: A Critical Evaluation

1 Department of Cardiovascular Radiology and Endovascular Interventions, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, India
3 Formerly Junior Resident at National Heart Institute, Community Centre East of Kailash, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Poonam Khurana
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, New Delhi - 110 025
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_44_19

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Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common prevalent problem leading to various kinds of morbidities and can be the potential cause of deaths directly or indirectly in approximately onethird of the cases. Early diagnosis accompanied by early treatment has shown to reduce the morbidity. Due to variable clinical presentation and non-specific symptoms, early diagnosis can be challenging at times. Suspecting this entity on plain radiograph can play important role in early detection and use of subsequent image modalities, i.e. CT angiography and/or echocardiography to establish the diagnosis, leading to improved outcomes. This review highlights the role of chest X ray and CT in diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism.

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