Role of MDCT in identification of the bleeding site and the vessels causing hemoptysis

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Feb;188(2):W117-25. doi: 10.2214/AJR.05.1578.


Objective: MDCT has improved the management of hemoptysis by providing more precise depiction of bronchial and nonbronchial systemic arteries than conventional CT. The purpose of this article is to review the role of MDCT in the identification of the bleeding site and the vessels causing hemoptysis.

Conclusion: Identification of the origin of the involved systemic arteries (bronchial and nonbronchial) or involved pulmonary artery on MDCT enables the interventional radiologist to treat them, especially in elderly patients with a tortuous aorta and atheroma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / instrumentation
  • Angiography / methods
  • Bronchial Arteries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchial Arteries / injuries
  • Hemoptysis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hemoptysis / etiology*
  • Hemorrhage / complications*
  • Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pulmonary Artery / injuries
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / instrumentation
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*