Recent update of image diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in thoracic surgery
Preface

Recent update of image diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in thoracic surgery

Recently, there have been increasingly more advancements in new image diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for use in the diagnosis and management of thoracic diseases. The use of low-dose computed tomography screening is increasing, thus resulting in an increase in the detection rate of early lung cancers. Thoracoscopic surgery for such small, ground glass nodule is challenging for thoracic surgeons. Therefore, preoperative or intraoperative image-guided localization is important and necessary for the surgical intervention of such cases. In this focused issue of Annals of Translational Medicine (ATM), a comprehensive review of the different image-guided localization methods of small lung nodules is provided by expert investigators in the field. It also looks to novel diagnostic techniques for computed-tomography image analysis of early lung cancers. By means of these novel feature analysis methods, the preoperative diagnosis could be more precise than before.

We are delighted by the contributions of all authors in this focused issue, as well as all the ATM Editorial Board and all the faculties of AME Publishing Company. This focused issue aims to provide a comprehensive review and recent update on these image diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in thoracic surgery. These manuscripts may bring you the latest updates in these fields, and we hope that you could find this information helpful in caring for your patients.


Acknowledgements

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Jin-Shing Chen
Mong-Wei Lin
Ke-Cheng Chen

Jin-Shing Chen, MD, PhD

(Email: chenjs@ntu.edu.tw)

Mong-Wei Lin, MD, PhD

(Email: mwlin@ntu.edu.tw)

Ke-Cheng Chen, MD, PhD

(Email: cskchen@gmail.com)

Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

doi: 10.21037/atm.2019.01.03

Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Cite this article as: Chen JS, Lin MW, Chen KC. Recent update of image diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in thoracic surgery. Ann Transl Med 2019;7(2):27. doi: 10.21037/atm.2019.01.03