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Radionuclide Studies of the Lung

  • N. D. Greyson
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Abstract

Nuclear medicine studies provide unique functional information based on the localizing properties of specific radiotracers in normal or pathologic processes. These images are complementary to conventional X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and angiography, which offer highly detailed anatomy-based images of the lungs, pleura, and mediastinum. Radionuclide studies are noninvasive, widely available, and quantitative. These tests may obviate the need for interventional techniques such as angiography, biopsy, and bronchial alveolar lavage. They may be used in the detection and staging of malignancy, determining the activity of inflammatory processes, and in monitoring the response to therapy or progression of the disease, in a cost-effective, patient-tolerated manner.

Keywords

Pulmonary Embolism Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Perfusion Defect Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia Acute Pulmonary Embolism 
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