キョウマク シッカン ノ ガゾウ シンダン
Diagnostic imaging of the pleural disease
Tsujikawa, Tetsuya Department of Radiology, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Diagnostic imaging plays an essential role in the evaluation of asbestos-related disease, especially malignant pleural mesothelioma（MPM）. MPM is forecast to peak at 20000 deaths per 5 years between 2030 and 2040 in Japan. Till now, high resolution CT and MRI are widely used for diagnosis and staging of MPM. Key CT findings of MPM include unilateral pleural effusion, nodular pleural thickening and interlobular fissural thickening. The recent use of integrated FDG-PET/CT imaging with coregistration of anatomic and functional imaging data may improve the differentiation between malignant and benign lesions , the accuracy of staging of MPM, and the evaluation of therapeutic response.
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