Purpose: This report illustrates the utility of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in differentiating radiation pneumonitis from other causes of dyspnea, including pulmonary embolism, heart failure, obstructive tumor, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Methods and Results: A nonsegmental mismatched perfusion abnormality, which exactly conformed to a radiation port, was diagnostic of radiation pneumonitis. Conclusion: In patients with lung tumors presenting with dyspnea, ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy may be useful in diagnosing radiation pneumonitis and effectively excluding other causes of dyspnea.
- Lung Cancer
- Radiation Pneumonitis
- Ventilation-Perfusion Scintigraphy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging