Lung transplantation is an established treatment for patients with a variety of advanced lung diseases. Imaging studies play a valuable role not only in evaluation of patients prior to lung transplantation, but also in the follow up of patients after transplantation for detection of complications. After lung transplantation, complications can occur as a result of surgical procedure, pulmonary embolism and ultimately chronic lung allograft dysfunction. Lung scintigraphy, which includes physiologic assessment of lung ventilation and perfusion by imaging, has become an important procedure in the evaluation of these patients, assuming a complementary role to high resolution anatomic imaging (computed tomography [CT]), as well as spirometry. The purpose of this atlas article is to demonstrate the uses of ventilation perfusion scintigraphy in the pre-transplantation setting for surgical planning and in the evaluation of complications post-lung transplantation based upon experience at our institution.
- Lung scintigraphy
- Lung transplantation
- Ventilation perfusion scintigraphy
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