CT scans enable ‘more precise removal of small lung cancers’

30 April 2014

Bringing computed tomography (CT) scans into the operating theatre will allow surgeons to remove small sub-centimeter lung nodules more precisely, according to new research from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

This technique enables clinicians to leave as much healthy tissue as possible untouched.

The research claims that in smokers, screening using CT scans can potentially detect small lung lesions that will more than likely be cancerous and can be removed surgically.

Dr Raphael Bueno, lead author of the study, said: "These results are exciting and promising, indicating that image-guided lung surgery could play a significant role in the treatment of lung cancer.”

He added that this surgical approach has the potential to increase accuracy and reduce errors. Dr Bueno compares it to using GPS to navigate to the destination and perform "a true surgical strike.”

Lung cancer is still one of the deadliest forms of the disease. According to Cancer Research UK, 120 people died from the condition every day in 2011, meaning 43,500 lost their battle.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 

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