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Functional imaging in lung cancer

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S. W. Harders, S. Balyasnikowa, B. M. Fischer

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-355
Issue number5
Early online date1 Dec 2013
Accepted/In press14 Oct 2013
E-pub ahead of print1 Dec 2013
Published1 Sep 2014

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Lung cancer represents an increasingly frequent cancer diagnosis worldwide. An increasing awareness on smoking cessation as an important mean to reduce lung cancer incidence and mortality, an increasing number of therapy options and a steady focus on early diagnosis and adequate staging have resulted in a modestly improved survival. For early diagnosis and precise staging, imaging, especially positron emission tomography combined with CT (PET/CT), plays an important role. Other functional imaging modalities such as dynamic contrast‐enhanced CT (DCE‐CT) and diffusion‐weighted MR imaging (DW‐MRI) have demonstrated promising results within this field. The purpose of this review is to provide the reader with a brief and balanced introduction to these three functional imaging modalities and their current or potential application in the care of patients with lung cancer.

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