Imaging in pleural mesothelioma: A review of the 11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group

This paper summarizes the imaging-based research presented orally at the 2016 International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group in Birmingham, United Kingdom, held May 1-4, 2016

Samuel G. Armato

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • The International Mesothelioma Interest Group holds a biennial conference to which advances in imaging research and clinical applications of imaging technologies have made key contributions
  • The imaging reported in the context of mesothelioma typically includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography scans; these scans may be acquired during initial tumor diagnosis and staging, treatment response assessment, or patient surveillance, depending on the clinical question being asked
  • The 2016 International Conference of International Mesothelioma Interest Group highlighted a number of important imaging studies in malignant pleural mesothelioma
  • Intraoperative optical imaging of mesothelioma has the potential to become an important tool for surgeons seeking to achieve a macroscopic complete resection
  • Tumor size derived from CT scans is expected to remain an important factor in patient management, investigation continues to reveal only moderate correlation between CT-based tumor volume and physical tumor weight and volume
  • The 2016 iMig conference recognized the important role of imaging in the assessment of tumor response in clinical trials by entitling the imaging session “Imaging and Endpoint Evaluation;” this session provided an appropriate forum for discussion of the issues that motivate the newly announced effort to craft “modified RECIST 1.1” for mesothelioma
  • The topics presented at the 2016 meeting are the focus of continued research effort and clinical investigation; further advances in these and other promising aspects of imaging are expected to be presented at International Mesothelioma Interest Group 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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