By Rebekah Moan, staff writer
November 6, 2013

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Digital chest tomosynthesis significantly improves the detection of pulmonary nodules compared with chest x-ray and is recommended for imaging nodules of actionable size, according to a study to be presented on Tuesday at RSNA 2013.

More than 150 patients were enrolled in the international, multi-institution, multireader study. Of these, 115 were positive for CT-confirmed pulmonary nodules. Patients were imaged with chest CT, chest x-ray (posteroanterior and lateral), dual-energy radiography, and digital tomosynthesis. There were 516 nodules.

Overall detection sensitivity for digital tomosynthesis was 13.5% for all nodules and 27.8% for nodules larger than 5 mm. Overall detection sensitivity for chest x-ray was 3.8% for all nodules and 9% for nodules larger than 5 mm.

Based on the results, the researchers concluded that digital tomosynthesis can outperform chest x-ray for lung nodule detection and determining actionability using Fleischner Society criteria.

Last Updated np 11/5/2013 3:07:08 PM