Strategies for Intraoperative Localization of Small Pulmonary Nodules

Kathleen D. Weiss, MD, Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD

Key Elements

  • Precise and reliable localization of small, non-palpable lung nodules is a significant clinical challenge for thoracic surgeons.
  • The appropriate choice of nodule localization technique involves a careful consideration of the risks and benefits associated with each method.
  • A combination of more than one localization strategy may be used to target a single nodule, and potential salvage strategies should be considered prior to surgery in case of localization failure with the initial attempt.
  • Advances in localization techniques are at the forefront of clinical thoracic surgery research, so the breadth of possible strategies will likely evolve in the coming years.

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Last updated: October 18, 2022