Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis in Pregnancy: How Bicêtre Hospital Overcomes Imaging Challenges

5 min
Alfredo Cantarinha
Published on May 17, 2018
CT image shows bilateral pulmonary embolism in pregnant woman.

Fig. 1: CTPA of bilateral pulmonary embolism in a 25-year-old patient (28 weeks of amenorrhea).

Challenges for PE diagnosis in pregnant women and GPS protocol from Bicêtre Hospital in France.

Overview of potential problems and GPS protocol

Comparison of HU in the pulmonary arteries shows better outcome with use of the GPS protocol from Bicêtre Hospital in France.

Fig. 4: Comparison of HU in the pulmonary arteries with (orange) and without (purple) use of the GPS protocol in patient cohort (n=30 in June 2016) and control group (n=37).[18]


By Alfredo Cantarinha
Alfredo Cantarinha, Department of Radiology, CHU Bicêtre, France