Robert Bals
“A picture is worth a thousand words”
Imaging of the lungs is a central step in the diagnosis of lung
disease. While the classical chest image has its role in daily
practice, in recent years multiple new techniques have been
developed that often involve the use of computerised complex
data analysis. Most respiratory physicians and other caregivers in
respiratory medicine look at images of the lung on a daily basis.
In comparison with other areas of medicine, imaging techniques
are a major part of the diagnostic workup of patients with lung
disease. For example, imaging techniques are critical for the
diagnosis of pneumonia, essential for staging lung cancer and
vital to the classification of interstitial lung disease. The use of
imaging techniques in respiratory medicine also involves the
close interaction of several disciplines, resulting in the
constructive exchange of knowledge from different areas.
This ERS Monograph comprises chapters on specific techniques,
such as MRI methods, chest radiography, and radionucleotide
imaging, as well as individual disease areas. Additional sections
focus on the use of imaging techniques in drug development
and address safety and risk management when using imaging
The book also considers the speed at which developments have
been made in medical technology. The application of
computerised and highly specialised technologies implies the
need for close communication between respiratory and imaging
physicians. This multidisciplinary approach is reflected in the
range of authors selected to write in this Monograph, providing
readers with different views on the patient. The Guest Editors,
R. Graham Barr, David G. Parr and Jens Vogel-Claussen,
worked hard and very successfully in selecting the topics covered
and integrating the different aspects of imaging into a
comprehensive book on the current knowledge in the field.
I would like to thank the Guest Editors and all authors for their
work on this excellent book. I hope readers find this book useful
in their daily clinical practice.
Copyright ©ERS 2015. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-065-1. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-066-8. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098.
ERS Monogr 2015; 70: v. DOI: 10.1183/2312508X.10002916 v
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