Diagnosing pulmonary embolism

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.467a (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:467
  1. J Richard Harding
  1. Consultant radiologist Department of Clinical Radiology, Royal Gwent and St Woolos Hospitals, Newport, Gwent NP9 4SZ

    EDITOR,—In his editorial on diagnosing pulmonary embolism Kenneth M Moser expresses the desire for a test—ideally rapid, non-invasive, and widely available—that “would rule in or rule out the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism with a high degree of certainty.”1 A (nearly) exclusionary test would be valuable, especially when combined with other well studied non-invasive tests for deep vein thrombosis. Such a test exists and deserves wider recognition and use: liquid crystal thermography of …

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