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July 1974

Radionuclide Aortography in Detection of Arterial Aneurysms

Author Affiliations

From the Blood Flow Laboratory of the Department of Surgery (Drs. Bergan and Yao) and the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory of the Department of Radiology (Drs. Henkin and Quinn), Northwestern University, Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):80-83. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010058014

In a study designed to assess the potential value of radionuclide aortography in diagnosis of aortic and anastomotic aneurysms, 43 patients were examined. Radionuclide studies correctly identified 26 of 28 aortic aneurysms while physical examination identified 26 of 28, and lateral plain film roentgenograms showed 23 of 28. Three of five anastomotic aneurysms were demonstrated by the radionuclide technique. The radionuclide study was helpful in finding three previously unsuspected aneurysms and in excluding four abdominal and three thoracic masses from consideration as aneurysms. Clearly, this noninvasive technique has utility in lending objectivity to evaluation of patients with arterial aneurysm disease.