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Overdiagnosis of pulmonary emboli by CT pulmonary angiograms
  1. Uruj Hoda
  1. Correspondence to Dr Uruj Hoda, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnet Hospital, Wellhouse Lane, EN5 3DJ, UK; uruj{at}

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The authors of this article suggest that pulmonary emboli (PEs) are being overdiagnosed by high-resolution CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), which detect small, isolated subsegmental PEs that are not clinically important. Data from the USA show an 80% rise in the incidence of PEs between 1998 and 2006 after CTPA was introduced. Despite the …

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