What is the role of chest radiography in the N classification of lung cancer staging?

Updated: Jan 28, 2019
  • Author: Omar Lababede, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Plain chest radiography is inferior to CT scanning in the detection of mediastinal lymph node metastases. The visualization of mediastinal nodes on CT is facilitated by the use of spiral or MDCT scanning with thin slice thickness, the presence of mediastinal fat, and intravenously administered contrast material.


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