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3D CT scan for perioperative identification of anatomical variations of lungs

  • Authors: Galluzzo A.; Fatica F.; Caternicchia F.; Geraci G.; Mancuso G.; Raffaele F.; Genova C.; Cocchiara G.; Midiri M.; Cajozzo M.
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Type: Articolo in rivista
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Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate anatomical lung variations and vascular patterns using volumetric 3D computed tomography (CT) representations. Methods & results: We considered 24 major thoracic surgery performed in our ward. In these, we discovered some interesting anatomical variations of the main pulmonary fissures. These findings were not visible on the plain x-ray or during routine examination of a preoperative CT scan. After re-examination of 3D CT scan reconstruction the anatomical variations were detected. Discussion: General thoracic surgeons must familiarize themselves with anatomical variations in lungs. 3D images may aid the general thoracic surgeon in performing safer surgeries. Conclusion: 3D CT scan should be performed before surgery if possible.