“When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science.” − Lord KelvinIn this issue of the Journal of Surgical Oncology, Son et al report that the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of preoperative PET/CT scan may predict the degree of invasive lung cancer within ground‐glass nodules (GGN) with and without solid components that are associated with the spectrum of early adenocarcinoma lesions. This includes adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS), minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA), and invasive adenocarcinoma (IA). They studied 190 patients who had undergone resection for lung adenocarcinoma within GGN over an 11‐year period.A GGN on a CT scan is a frequent incidental clinical finding that can challenge health care providers. MIA and AIS frequently presents as a GGN, and may lie dormant or grow slowly over many years.A part‐solid component raises the probability of an IA to 93%. This knowledge supports the finding of Son et al that the mean SUVmax increased from
Journal of Surgical Oncology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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