Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria

N. Schibany, D. Fleischmann, C. Thallinger, A. Schibany, J. Hahne, A. Ba-Ssalamah, C. J. Herold

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The aim of this study was to investigate equipment availability and current diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) in Austrian hospitals. A questionnaire was sent to the medical directors of all Austrian hospitals with emergency and/or surgical, orthopedic, and medical departments. The questionnaire contained questions regarding the available equipment suitable for the imaging diagnosis of PE, the first-line and second-line imaging tests for patients with suspected PE, and additional lower extremity venous imaging and laboratory tests that complement the diagnostic armamentarium. The return rate for questionnaires was 81% (127 of 157 hospitals). There were 97% of hospitals that had the equipment to perform sonography, 59% could perform pulmonary angiography, 54% spiral CT, 19% ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy, and 4% perfusion scintigraphy alone. Spiral-CT angiography (SCTA) was the first-line imaging study for suspected PE in 56% of hospitals, followed by echocardiography and V/P scintigraphy. Lower extremity venous imaging (47%) and, interestingly, V/P scintigraphy (43%), served as second-line imaging tests. D-dimer tests were included in the diagnostic strategy in 74% of hospitals. Spiral-CT angiography is the most commonly used primary method for suspected PE in Austrian hospitals. The V/P scintigraphy is available only in a minority of hospitals to investigate patients with suspected PE. When V/P scintigraphy is available, however, it is employed in a large number of patients per annum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2287-2294
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Diagnostic Equipment
Austria
Perfusion Imaging
Pulmonary Embolism
Ventilation
Spiral Computed Tomography
Lower Extremity
Hospital Equipment and Supplies
Physician Executives
Equipment and Supplies
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Orthopedics
Echocardiography
Ultrasonography
Angiography
Emergencies
Lung

Keywords

  • CT
  • Diagnostic strategy
  • Equipment availability
  • Pulmonary angiography
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Survey
  • Ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Schibany, N., Fleischmann, D., Thallinger, C., Schibany, A., Hahne, J., Ba-Ssalamah, A., & Herold, C. J. (2001). Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria. European Radiology, 11(11), 2287-2294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s003300100906

Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria. / Schibany, N.; Fleischmann, D.; Thallinger, C.; Schibany, A.; Hahne, J.; Ba-Ssalamah, A.; Herold, C. J.

In: European Radiology, Vol. 11, No. 11, 2001, p. 2287-2294.

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Schibany, N, Fleischmann, D, Thallinger, C, Schibany, A, Hahne, J, Ba-Ssalamah, A & Herold, CJ 2001, 'Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria', European Radiology, vol. 11, no. 11, pp. 2287-2294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s003300100906
Schibany N, Fleischmann D, Thallinger C, Schibany A, Hahne J, Ba-Ssalamah A et al. Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria. European Radiology. 2001;11(11):2287-2294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s003300100906
Schibany, N. ; Fleischmann, D. ; Thallinger, C. ; Schibany, A. ; Hahne, J. ; Ba-Ssalamah, A. ; Herold, C. J. / Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria. In: European Radiology. 2001 ; Vol. 11, No. 11. pp. 2287-2294.
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