Dr Naveen Kalra, Additional Professor, Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGIMER has been awarded ‘Lung India Award 2012’ by the Indian Chest Society in the National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases held at Bhubaneswar.
This award was given to him for the best original article titled “Comparison of helical and axial mode indirect computed tomographic venography in patients with pulmonary thromboembolism” published in the journal ‘Lung India’ in the year 2012. The other co-investigators of the study were Dr Sameer Vyas, Dr Ashish Gupta, Dr Ashish Bhalla, Dr Sudha Suri and Dr Niranjan Khandelwal.
Pulmonary embolism is blockage of the main vessels of the lungs or their branches. Usually a thrombus formed in the deep veins of the legs gets detached and lodges in the vasculature of the lungs leading to pulmonary thromboembolism which may prove fatal for the patient. Imaging for pulmonary thromboembolism should therefore include evaluation of the lower limb veins also. This study for the first time found that axial images are as sensitive as helical images of computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of the lower limb veins. Imaging in the axial mode also helps to reduce the CT radiation dose to the patient.