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What We Treat

Understanding & Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism occurs when a blood clot that has formed elsewhere in the body breaks free and becomes stuck in the blood vessels that connect the heart and lungs. The most common sources of blood clots that cause pulmonary embolism are the deep veins of the legs.  

Prompt diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism is extremely important. Temple has extensive experience using a comprehensive range of diagnostic tools that can accurately and quickly diagnose the presence of these dangerous blood clots. Diagnostic tools used may include: 

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram
  • CT (computed tomography) pulmonary angiography
  • Compression ultrasonography
  • Contrast venography Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ventilation-perfusion scan with SPECT imaging
  • Blood tests
  • Right-heart catheterization
  • Pulmonary angiography