The September 2013 issue of Journal of Thoracic Imaging has been published online and in print.
This issue has a symposium on quantitative CT (QCT) of the lungs. Review articles by experts in the field include development of QCT protocols, sources of variation in QCT of the lung, establishing normal reference values in QCT for emphysema, QCT in COPD, and CT as a biomarker in clinical trials imaging. In addition to these review articles, Dr. Bartholmai and colleagues have published a paper entitled “Quantitative computed tomography imaging of interstitial lung diseases”.
Other original articles in this issue include: “Diaphragmatic hernia after esophagectomy for esophageal malignancy” by Dr. Ganeshan and colleagues from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The authors draw attention to postesophagectomy diaphragmatic hernia, which may not be clinically apparent but can lead to complications in some patients.
“Computed tomography pulmonary angiography in acute pulmonary embolism: the effect of a computer-assisted detection prototype used as a concurrent reader” by Dr. Wittenberg and colleagues from the University of Utrecht. The authors found that using CAD as a concurrent reader has the potential to increase sensitivity and decrease reading time without decreasing specificity. However, differences among readers require further evaluation before stronger conclusions can be made.
“Comparison of chest computed tomography features in the acute phase of cardiogenic pulmonary edema and acute respiratory distress syndrome on arrival at the emergency department” by Dr. Komiya and colleagues from Japan. The authors suggest that CT may be able to distinguish between cardiogenic lung edema and early ARDS in the emergency department setting.
Included in the web-only section of this issue is the updated ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for chronic dyspnea of suspected pulmonary origin.
The next installment in the Signs in Cardiopulmonary Imaging is on ischemic late gadolinium enhancement by Dr. Shinn-Huey and colleagues.
Also in this issue are the abstracts from the oral presentations at the 3rd World Congress of Thoracic Imaging and Diagnosis in Chest Disease.