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Novel imaging techniques in pulmonary hypertension

Johns, Christopher S.a; Kiely, David G.a; Swift, Andrew J.a , b

doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000559
DISEASES OF THE AORTA, PULMONARY AND PERIPHERAL VESSELS: Edited by Alan C. Braverman

Purpose of review Pulmonary hypertension is a life-shortening condition, which may be idiopathic but is more frequently seen in association with other conditions. Current guidelines recommend cardiac catheterization to confirm the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension. Evidence suggests an increasing role for noninvasive imaging modalities in the initial diagnostic and prognostic assessment and evaluation of treatment response.

Recent findings In this review we examine the evidence for current noninvasive imaging methodologies: echocardiography computed tomography and MRI in the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of suspected pulmonary hypertension and explore the potential utility of modeling and machine-learning approaches.

Summary Noninvasive imaging allows a comprehensive assessment of patients with suspected pulmonary hypertension. It plays a key part in the initial diagnostic and prognostic assessment and machine-learning approaches show promise in the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension.

aSheffield Teaching Hospitals

bAcademic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Correspondence to Christopher S. Johns, Dr C/O Fiona Swift/Paula Smith, Radiology Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)114 2159595; fax: +44 (0) 114 271 1714; e-mail: c.johns@sheffield.ac.uk

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