A 22-year-old male asked:
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would a contrast-enhanced ct pulmonary angiogram also show lesions, abnormalities, masses, nodes, etc. of the lung or does it only show the blood vessels? (basically, does it provide more or less information than regular chest ct?)

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends on how obtai: To perform a CT pulmonary angiogram, you actually have to get scanned twice - once without dye, once with. A "regular" chest CT is only performed once. So, you should get some information about the lungs itself (masses, nodes, lesions, etc.) from a pulmonary angiogram CT unless it was obtained improperly or under an unusual protocol. Note, also, that even a CT can miss small nodes, lesions, masses
Answered on Dec 22, 2016
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It provides: More information than a non contrast chest CT. All of the things you mentioned can be evaluated.
Answered on Dec 23, 2016

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