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EANM and SNM Pulmonary Guidelines

We are providing links to the American Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) an the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), which offer a variety of Imaging Guidelines for Lung studies.

Under these links you will also find clinical updates, information statements, and other relevant documents.

The guidelines are a set of state-of-the-art applications and protocols developed for the nuclear medicine community.

The purpose of this guideline from the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of lung ventilation and perfusion scintigraphy for pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) can only be diagnosed with imaging techniques, in practice using ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy or multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) of the pulmonary arteries. The objective of Part 1 of these European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) guidelines is to develop a methodological approach and interpretation criteria for PE with a focus on V/P SPECT.

The primary objective of these European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) guidelines is to deliver recommendations for the appropriate use of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy for the diagnosis and follow up of PE. The specific objectives of this second part are to define the importance of clinical probability together with objective imaging tests and to analyze the relative advantages and disadvantages of V/P SPECT and MDCT.