What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) can be of use to the emergency physician in  that it does not have the time and availability constraints that MRI does. Although noncontrast studies can be useful for imaging calcification and arteriosclerosis, contrast studies are most useful for imaging arterial insufficiency. Renal function should be confirmed before contrast administration; PVD often coexists with risk factors for contrast-induced renal failure. High-definition CT studies in patients who exhibit symptoms of PVD can be of benefit in guiding treatment decisions and modalities. [12]


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