Expiratory HRCT

Expiratory HRCT is an useful method for detecting small airway obstructive disease in which the air remain trapped in the small airways even after the expiration and appear as mosaic attenuation.

Indication

Ideally, an expiratory HRCT scan should be performed in all obstructive airway diseases including:

Protocols

The static or dynamic images are taken during the breath hold after the forced expiration. The quantitative analysis is done by relative difference in density (HU) in inspiratory and expiratory scans.

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Article Information

rID: 28654
System: Chest
Section: Approach
Tags: pm, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Expiratory high resolution CT
  • Expiratory HRCT scan

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