CT pulmonary angiography during veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in an adult


  • Z Al-Ogaili ABDR EMBE MB CHB; D Foulner FRANZCR FRCR MB ChB; J Passage FRACS; WM Weightman MD FANZCA; L Torre FANZCA FCICM; S Baker BSc Dip Perf ANZCP; LHA Sanders FRACS FCS(SA).
  • Conflict of interest: None.


Dr Zeyad Al-Ogaili, Radiology Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital Ave, Nedlands, WA 6009 Australia.

Email: Zeyad.Ogaili@hotmail.com


Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) causes changes in the filling and blood flow of the cardiac chambers and pulmonary vessels as well as alterations in the path of intravenous contrast injected during CT. We present a patient with a potentially misleading CT pulmonary angiogram while on full VA ECMO. We demonstrate circulatory changes as well as alterations in contrast flow when ECMO flows are reduced.