Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors Journal Article


Authors: Weyant, M. J.; Flores, R. M.
Article Title: Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors
Abstract: MPM is a difficult disease to characterize radiographically because of its diffuse nature and propensity to infiltrate between tissue planes. Although significant information is obtained by CT, MRI, and PET, correlation with intraoperative findings is inconsistent. Overall, CT and MRI are similar in predicting surgical resectability of pleural and chest wall malignancies. MRI has a slight advantage in select situations such as Pancoast tumors; however, CT is less expensive and is sufficient in the majority of cases. Because radiologic imaging cannot differentiate benign from malignant lesions with 100% accuracy, surgical biopsy remains the gold standard for diagnosis. Newer imaging modalities such as PET scan and combined PET/CT might provide greater information and warrant further study in the preoperative evaluation of pleural and chest wall tumors.
Keywords: review; comparative study; cancer staging; nuclear magnetic resonance imaging; methodology; magnetic resonance imaging; neoplasm staging; sensitivity and specificity; computer assisted tomography; tomography, x-ray computed; pathology; diagnostic imaging; image quality; computer assisted emission tomography; pleura tumor; mediastinum tumor; mediastinal neoplasms; pleural neoplasms; tomography, emission-computed; radiographic image enhancement; humans; human; male; female
Journal Title: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1547-4127
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Co-Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2004-02-01
Start Page: 15
End Page: 23
Language: English
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 15382305
DOI: 10.1016/S1547-4127(04)00033-7
DOI/URL:
Notes: Thorac Surg Clin -- Cited By (since 1996):7 -- Export Date: 16 June 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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  2. Michael J Weyant
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