What is the role of imaging in the T classification of lung cancer staging?

Updated: Jan 28, 2019
  • Author: Omar Lababede, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Imaging modalities are valuable in defining the T classification of the primary tumor by providing information about its size and local extent/invasion. Chest CT scanning has been the primary and most commonly used modality to achieve this task. This role has been enhanced since the introduction of multidetector CT (MDCT) scanning. This is primarily because of the ability of MDCT to generate thin sections in a shorter scan time, resulting in improvement of the spatial resolution and multiplanar reformation (MPR) capability. [14]


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