To evaluate the role of high resolution CT (HRCT) in the diagnosis of pulmonary infarcts, we selected 83 postmortem lung specimens with subpleural densities from a collection of 180 lungs that had been prepared by a method which allows for a direct radiologic-pathologic correlation. Twelve of the lungs had pulmonary infarcts and 71 lungs had other disorders that had produced a subpleural shadow on HRCT. Lungs were evaluated for the presence of wedge-shaped pleural-based densities and for the presence of an associated vascular sign. There was no significant difference in the incidence of wedge- shaped densities on HRCT between lungs with pulmonary infarcts and lungs with pulmonary hemorrhage, pneumonia, tumor, or edema (p > 0.05). A vascular sign associated with a subpleural density was, however, more common (p < 0.01) in lungs with pulmonary infarcts. We suggest that the vascular sign associated with a wedge-shaped density may be of importance in diagnosing pulmonary infarcts by HRCT.
- Computed tomography
- Lungs, diseases
- Lungs, infarction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging