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Journal of Thoracic Imaging:
doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31827882a9
Mini-Symposium: Review Articles

Nononcological Applications of Positron Emission Tomography for Evaluation of the Thorax

Kwee, Thomas C. MD, PhD*; Torigian, Drew A. MD, MA; Alavi, Abass MD, MD (Hon.), DSc (Hon.), PhD (Hon.)

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Abstract

Positron emission tomography is a powerful quantitative molecular imaging technique that is complementary to structural imaging techniques for purposes of disease detection and characterization. This review article provides an overview of the applications of positron emission tomography for evaluation of patients with nononcological diseases that may be encountered in the thorax, such as infection, sarcoidosis, idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, adult respiratory distress syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and atherosclerosis among others.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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