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Virtual fly-through bronchoscopy yields real results
Date:10/3/2011

rue and false positive and true and false negative lymph nodes also were statistically significant. As such, the authors concluded that virtual 18F-FDG PET/CT bronchoscopy enables non-invasive fly-through -- even in relatively small airways in the periphery of the lung -- with high diagnostic accuracy.

According to Heusner, as a complement to PET/CT imaging the software may be used in the future to virtually visualize the bronchial system before interventional procedures, to plan optical bronchoscopies and define regions where a bronchoscopy-guided biopsy may be most promising for sampling of malignant tissue.

He added, "With the virtual fly-through three-dimensional 18F-FDG PET/CT bronchoscopy, nuclear medicine physicians may be able to present images that better meet the needs of the referring clinicians, as the tool simulates the bronchoscopic view a pulmonologist is accustomed to. This technique may also improve the process of acquiring tissue samples for characterization with emerging molecular diagnostics that can guide application of new targeted therapies in lung cancer."

Lung and bronchus cancers represent the cancer types with the most cancer-related deaths in the United States, both in female and in male patients. It was the most common newly diagnosed cancer type in the United States in 2010, with more than 220,000 patients diagnosed. NSCLC accounts for approximately 80 percent of all lung cancer disease.


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