About this Research Topic
Quantitative and fucntional lung imaging is transforming patient-centered individualized care in pulmonary medicine. Yet, technique-driven development, availability aspects and limited acceptance by clinicians are hampering its broad dissemination. Now that different modalities employing either radiation based on CT or radiation-free MRI-base techniques have made profound technical advance, future studies should be directed at validation, clinical implementation and decision support in the disease-specific context to bring these technical advances into patient care.
This research topic aims to collect state-of-the-art original research on functional and quantitative lung imaging techniques. There should be a focus on applications directed at specific clinical questions in the context of patient care, clinical trials, therapeutic monitoring, method implementation or clinical validation. Feasibility studies on novel or modified techniques and novel post-processing strategies including the application of machine learning are most welcome as well. Further, this special issue would like to attract work with a holistic approach towards assessing pulmonary and extra-pulmonary comorbidities of pulmonary diseases, such as metabolic imaging, bone mineral density assessment, or manifestations of atherosclerosis associated with lung disease. Studies on reducing the environmental footprint in the context of imaging the lungs are encouraged for submission as well.
Keywords: quantitative imaging, functional imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, primary ciliary dyskinesia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, contrast material, perfusion
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