Navigational Bronchoscopy With Biopsy Versus Computed Tomography-guided Biopsy for the Diagnosis of a Solitary Pulmonary Nodule: A Cost-Consequences Analysis.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Journal of bronchology & interventional pulmonology, Volume 19, Issue 4, p.294-303 (2012)

Keywords:

Clinical Research Division, December 2012

Abstract:

: Solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs) are frequent and can be malignant. Both computed tomography-guided biopsy and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) with biopsy can be used to diagnose a SPN. A nondiagnostic computed tomography (CT)-guided or ENB biopsy is often followed by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) biopsy. The relative costs and consequences of these strategies are not known.