Volumetric assessment in malignant pleural mesothelioma
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly malignant pleural neoplasm with a dismal prognosis. Multimodality approach including surgery and chemotherapy are utilized to treat patients with resectable disease. Clinical staging allows for selection of patients for treatment strategies, but has not been found to be prognostic and is plagued by high interobserver variability. Tumor volume measurement on cross-sectional imaging has emerged as a potential quantitative tool with prognostic significance. This review focuses on volumetric assessment from cross-sectional imaging (CT, MRI, 18F-FDG PET/CT) and the potential prognostic benefit and applications.