Vol. 65 – No. 4/2016
The role of quantitative computed tomography in the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
In the last 25 years, there have been important improvements in computed tomography (CT) that may give more details about the lung structure in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The clinical exam and “classic” radiology (chest X-ray, conventional CT) have important roles: they raise the suspicion of hyperinflation, they highlight aspects of pulmonary hypertension, they may detect the triggers of exacerbations, they rule out some COPD complications and other lung diseases that can cause dyspnea (pneumothorax, tumors, bronchiectasis, and fibrosis).
05 decembrie 2016