Comprehensive MDCT evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension: diagnosing underlying causes with the updated Dana Point 2008 classification

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Sep;197(3):W471-81. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.5417.


Objective: Pulmonary hypertension is a challenge for imagers and clinicians, with a variety of possible underlying causes, each with its own specific treatment. Although the diagnosis is based on physiologic measurements, ECG-gated MDCT can play a vital role in elucidating underlying cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary causes.

Conclusion: A revised system for pulmonary hypertension, the Dana Point classification, can provide a template for review of the myriad causes of this complex condition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cardiac-Gated Imaging Techniques / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / classification
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*