Article Abstract

Imaging of malignant pleural mesothelioma: it is possible a screening or early diagnosis program?—a systematic review about the use of screening programs in a population of asbestos exposed workers

Authors: Fabio Falaschi, Chiara Romei, Sara Fiorini, Marco Lucchi


Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in an uncommon neoplasia with high mortality rate, mostly related to professional asbestos exposure. Clinical manifestations are not specific so that diagnosis is performed at advanced stage and screening protocols are not feasible now. On the other hand, asbestosexposed workers have a high incidence of developing lung cancer. Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is a volumetric acquisition technique with high spatial resolution and a low dose exposure; it is used in many trials to detect lung tumours at an early stage in screening protocols, reducing mortality rate in smoker subjects. In recent papers, the possibly role of lung cancer screening was evaluated and recommended also in subjects exposed to asbestos. This article summarizes previous and present clinical trials validated for lung cancer screening, to discuss the possibility of early diagnosis or screening programs in a population of asbestos exposed workers by LDCT.