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Helical Computed Tomography and the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

Shannon M. Bates, MD, FRCP(C); and Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD, FRCP(C)
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From McMaster University and Hamilton Civic Hospitals Research Centre; Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5, Canada

Grant Support: Dr. Bates is a recipient of a Research Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Dr. Ginsberg is a Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Bates: Thromboembolism Unit, HHSC Room, 3W15, McMaster University Medical Center, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5, Canada.

Dr. Ginsberg: Thromboembolism Unit, HHSC Room 3X28, McMaster University Medical Centre, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3Z5, Canada.

Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(3):240-242. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-3-200002010-00012
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Acute pulmonary embolism is a common and potentially life-threatening disorder (1). Treatment is highly effective (2) but not without complications, and the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism therefore requires a high degree of certainty. Conversely, if untreated, pulmonary embolism can be fatal.

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