Chest. 2023 Mar 10:S0012-3692(23)00329-X. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2023.03.007. Online ahead of print.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition characterized by chronic airflow obstruction due to chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. The clinical picture is usually progressive with respiratory symptoms such as exertional dyspnea and chronic cough. For many years, spirometry was utilized to establish a diagnosis of COPD. Recent advancements in imaging techniques allow quantitative and qualitative analysis of the lung parenchyma as well as related airways, vascular, and extrapulmonary manifestations of COPD. These imaging modalities may allow prognostication of disease and shed light on the efficacy of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. This is the first of a two-part article series on the utility of imaging modalities in COPD, and it highlights useful information that clinicians can get from these imaging studies to make more accurate diagnosis and therapeutic decisions.
PMID:36907372 | DOI:10.1016/j.chest.2023.03.007