Image-guided localization for video-assisted thoracic surgery.

  title={Image-guided localization for video-assisted thoracic surgery.},
  author={Paul W Spirn and Rosita M. Shah and Robert M. Steiner and Antje L Greenfield and Ana Ma Salazar and J. B. Liu},
  journal={Journal of thoracic imaging},
  volume={12 4},
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has become a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool in the management of lung, pleural, and mediatstinal disease. Preoperative image-guided localization is performed to aid the surgeon in the thoracoscopic resection of small lung lesions that would otherwise be difficult to resect. This article describes the techniques of localization and reviews our experience with this procedure. While the majority of localization procedures are performed during an… CONTINUE READING