For a long time, imaging of the chest was based on the use of either radiography, demonstrating lung morphology, or scintigraphy, looking at lung function. However, as a result of recent developments in CT and MRI technology it is now possible to perform dedicated investigations of different aspects of lung function, such as ventilation, perfusion, gas exchange, and respiratory mechanics. This volume, written by acknowledged experts in the field, provides a well-illustrated and comprehensive review of these novel approaches to functional imaging of the chest. It will be of great assistance to all who are establishing such strategies in the research or clinical arenas for the diagnostic work-up and follow-up of patients with lung diseases.
General Role of Imaging in the Assessment of Airways, Vascular and Infiltrative Diffuse Lung Disease (David Hansell); 2 Assessment of lung physiology (Marc Zelter and Muriel Buxton-Thomas); Large Airways, Bronchiectasis, Asthma, COPD, Reactivity (CT) (Philippe Grenier); Small Airways, Bronchiolitis, Airtrapping (CT) (Johny Verschakelen); Lung Parenchyma, Emphysema (Pierre-Alain Gevenois and Alexander Bankier); Lung Parenchyma, Fibrosis (Sujal Desai and Hans-Ulrich Kauczor); Analysis of Distribution of Ventilation (Edwin van Beek and Muriel Buxton-Thomas; Oxygen-Sensitive Imaging, Gas Exchange (Balthasar Eberle and Hans-Ulrich Kauczor);Pulmonary Perfusion (U. Joseph Schoepf, Hiroto Hatabu, Hidemasa Uematsu, and Ichiro Hasegawa);Respiratory Mechanics: CT & MRI (Philippe Cluzel):Respiration Therapy (Klaus Markstaller); Subject Index; List of Contributors.