Radiologic evaluation of emphysema for lung volume reduction surgery.

  title={Radiologic evaluation of emphysema for lung volume reduction surgery.},
  author={Ella A. Kazerooni},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  volume={20 4},
Lung volume reduction surgery has created an opportunity for the advanced imaging of emphysema. Patients with CT or perfusion scintigraphy demonstrating an upper- or lower-lobe-predominant pattern of emphysema have better patient outcomes after LVRS than patients with emphysema diffusely or homogeneously distributed throughout the lungs. Some patients with diffuse or homogeneous emphysema may demonstrate improvement in function or dyspnea after surgery, but the magnitude of the improvement seen… CONTINUE READING