Imaging COPD and Asthma - From Structure to Function
de Lange E
University of Virginia
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma are respiratory diseases of global importance. In this lecture we will discuss the appearances of the structural and functional findings of the lung as demonstrated in patients with these diseases using current clinical imaging modalities such as high resolution computed tomography, radionucleide scintigraphy and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Particular attention will be given to recent developments in hyperpolarized noble gas MR imaging as a method for high-resolution visualization of the lung airspaces and regional airflow, and for probing the lung microstructure using diffusion-weighted imaging.