Radionuclide Imaging of Benign Pulmonary Diseases

  • Federica Guidoccio
  • Edoardo Airò
  • Giuliano Mariani


Molecular imaging, which is based on the ability to image alterations underlying diseases at the subcellular, molecular level, has the potential not only to detect disease early on—before anatomic abnormalities become obvious at morphologic imaging—but also to monitor the efficacy of treatment(s) before anatomic changes take place in response to therapy. These features imply the possibility to detect/diagnose disease early and accurately and to predict response to therapy early on during treatment, therefore to facilitate implementation in the medical practice of a true personalized medicine tailored to the needs/characteristics of the individual patient.


Benign pulmonary disease Radionuclide imaging Pulmonary embolic disease Venous thromboembolism Pulmonary hypertension Interstitial pulmonary disease Respiratory function Lung anatomy 99mTc-MAA Radioactive gas 99mTc-DTPA 99mTc-colloid 99mTc-carbon dispersion Lung perfusion scintigraphy Lung ventilation scintigraphy Ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy Planar imaging SPECT/CT imaging [18F]FDG PET/CT 67Ga-citrate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federica Guidoccio
    • 1
  • Edoardo Airò
    • 2
  • Giuliano Mariani
    • 1
  1. 1.Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Translational Research and Advanced Technologies in Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Fondazione CNR/Regione Toscana Gabriele MonasteroPisaItaly

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