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Chest CT Appearances



Acute Pulmonary Embolism (PE) CT Findings

  • Intraluminal filling defect within a vessel surrounding by contrast material (“polo mint” or “railway track” appearance)
  • Arterial occlusion that does not enhance the entire lumen
  • Peripheral intraluminal filling defect that forms acute angles with the arterial wall
  • Common findings also include pulmonary infarct and pleural effusions

Acute PE

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