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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 104-109

Virtual and fiber-optic bronchoscopy in patients with indication for tracheobronchial evaluation

1 Department of Radiology, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Yedikule Chest Medicine and Chest Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Fulya Adali
Van Kadin ve Cocuk Hastaliklari, Hastanesi, Van
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.62474

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Objective : The aim of this study was to compare the results of virtual bronchoscopy (VB) images in defining tracheobronchial pathologies with those of fiber-optic bronchoscopy (FOB) in patients with clinical indication for bronchoscopy. Methods : Twenty-two patients with bronchoscopy indication were evaluated with FOB and VB. The VB results were evaluated blindly, independent of the FOB results. Results : In 19 of the 22 patients, tracheobronchial abnormalities were present on FOB, whereas 3 patients had normal findings on FOB. In 17 of 19 patients, VB demonstrated the FOB diagnosis of tracheobronchial abnormality. While FOB detected 11 endoluminal lesions, VB detected 6. While FOB detected 20 obstructive lesions, VB detected 26. In evaluating external compression, FOB detected 2 lesions and VB detected 15. Conclusions : VB is a non-invasive, uncomplicated, and reproducible examination method in patients with an indication for thorax examination. Virtual bronchoscopy could find a clinically broader field of application in the future.

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