Incidental Lung Nodules on Cross-sectional Imaging: Current Reporting and Management
Radiol Clin North Am . 2021 Jul;59(4):535-549. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2021.03.005.
Lea Azour, Jane P Ko, Sophie L Washer, Amelia Lanier, Geraldine Brusca-Augello, Jeffrey B Alpert, William H Moore
Pulmonary nodules are the most common incidental finding in the chest, particularly on computed tomographs that include a portion or all of the chest, and may be encountered more frequently with increasing utilization of cross-sectional imaging. Established guidelines address the reporting and management of incidental pulmonary nodules, both solid and subsolid, synthesizing nodule and patient features to distinguish benign nodules from those of potential clinical consequence. Standard nodule assessment is essential for the accurate reporting of nodule size, attenuation, and morphology, all features with varying risk implications and thus management recommendations.
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