A recent study explored the use of CT in patients suspected of experiencing pulmonary embolism, published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) can be life-threatening and, when suspected, is usually investigated by computed tomographic pulmonary angiogram (CTPA). Concerns related to overutilization and harmful ionizing radiation have identified CTPA as an area in need of resource stewardship.1,2 The purpose of this study was to explore interphysician variability in CTPA diagnostic yield and to identify any associated physician characteristics that could inform an intervention to reduce overuse in our institution.