18F-FDG PET of pulmonary embolism

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Jul;189(1):171-6. doi: 10.2214/AJR.06.0640.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the manifestations of pulmonary embolism on 18F-FDG PET scans in 13 patients.

Conclusion: The activity of acute pulmonary embolism on FDG PET scans was significantly higher than the activity of vessels not containing thrombi. The shape of the abnormal FDG uptake may be focal or curvilinear.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods*
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / complications
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Thoracic Neoplasms / complications
  • Thoracic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18