Functional Respiratory Imaging (FRI): in the transition from research to clinical practice?
“Quantitative imaging of the airways, for example with functional respiratory imaging (FRI), is evolving from a research tool towards clinical applications” ,Dr. Maarten van den Berge, thoracic physician at the University of Groningen, states in a recently published interview.
“For the past 15 years, FEV1 measurements have been the gold standard and are included in the GOLD guidelines. Nowadays, medical professionals view the patient in a broader perspective. It is plausible that in that respect, quantitative imaging will someday replace spirometry. It is not inconceivable that we will stop conducting lung function tests and perform a CT scan instead to determine lung capacity, residual volume, flow characteristics, and emphysema score. We can also determine other parameters using the same method. There is a lot of information to be gathered with quantitative imaging.” he argues,“ Functional imaging techniques offer the possibility of improved visualization of anatomical structures, such as airways, lobe volumes and blood vessels.”
You can read the whole interview, published in Fluidda’s Magazine #2, HERE.