• Bernd KläeserEmail author
  • Jakub Wiskirchen


During the past 30 years, medical imaging underwent a tremendous development from planar radiography to cross-sectional imaging and multi-modality imaging. With regard to minimally invasive thoracic surgery, preoperative imaging plays an important role for planning of surgery based on detailed anatomical information and characterization of pathologies but also for adequate selection of patients that may benefit from minimally invasive surgery or surgery at all. Above all, integrated PET/CT has become an inherent part in the diagnostic work-up of patients with thoracic malignancies and has gained widespread acceptance a standard of care imaging technique for tumour staging.


Positron Emission Tomography Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Thymic Carcinoma Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Atypical Carcinoid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital BerneBerneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Klinik für Radiologie und NuklearmedizinFranziskus Hospital gem. GmbHBielefeldDeutschland

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