About this Research Topic
Advances in imaging techniques and image processing as well as a wider availability of lung imaging is providing an increasing amount of data and new insights into lung structure and function and their alterations in common lung diseases. Functional imaging biomarkers have the potential to better characterize individual patient phenotypes, predict disease trajectories, and help personalize therapy. The wealth of new data also confronts us with new challenges in terms of identifying, quantifying, deciphering, and standardizing image-based parameters pertaining to regional lung function.
This Research Topic welcomes basic, translational, clinical, and applied research that sheds light over the use of imaging of the lung to understand its function in health, and chronic or acute respiratory disease. Potential areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:
- Imaging and quantitative analysis of regional lung ventilation, perfusion, or biomechanics
- Assessing lung function using x-ray planar and CT-imaging
- Magnetic resonance functional lung imaging with or without hyperpolarized noble gases
- Positron emission tomography of lung function
- Electrical impedance tomography
- Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
- New applications of functional lung imaging to improve our understanding of pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology
We welcome submissions of different article types to this collection, especially reviews, mini-reviews, and original research papers relevant to any lung disease or diagnostic area.
Even though abstract submission is not mandatory, we encourage all interested researchers to submit an abstract before submitting their manuscript. Abstracts do not have to coincide with the final abstract of the manuscripts.
Keywords: imaging, lung, functional imaging
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