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The Utility of Bronchoscopy for the Placement of Fiducial Markers for Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

Mungal, Vishal MD; Sarsour, Ruba M. DO; Siddiqui, Adeel M. MD; Awadallah, Saed MD; Bowling, Mark R. MD, FCCP

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000126
Colleagues in Respiratory Medicine

Stereotactic body radiotherapy is a common method to treat early-stage lung cancer in nonoperable patients. Many of these devices rely on fiducial markers to help guide the therapy and must be placed in or around the target lesion. This review will focus on the utility of bronchoscopy for placing these markers.

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Disclosure: M.R.B. is a paid Consultant for Covidien Surgical Solutions and Genentech pharmaceuticals. The remaining authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Mark R. Bowling, MD, Department of internal medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, 500 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858. E-mail: bowling@ecu.edu.

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