The efficacy of full-lung tomography in the detection of early metastatic disease from melanoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In a prospective study, 62 patients with proved melanoma and negative chest radiographs underwent full-lung tomography. Of 109 examinations performed, 12 patients had positive findings on tomography; nine were false-positive and three were true-positive. Of the true-positive examinations, two patients already had widespread metastatic disease and one had an advanced local lesion. Clinical staging and therapy were changed in only one patient as a result of information provided by full-lung tomography. It appears from these results that full-lung tomography is of limited use in detection of metastases from melanoma in the presence of a negative chest radiograph.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Curtis, AM; Ravin, CE; Deering, TF; Putman, CE; McLoud, TC; Greenspan, RH

Published Date

  • July 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 144 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 27 - 29

PubMed ID

  • 7089262

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.144.1.7089262


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States