Thorac Cardiovasc Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1718772
Short Communication

Computed Tomography-Guided Trans-scapular Coil Localization for Pulmonary Nodules

Jian-Hua Zhang
1  Department of Interventional Radiology, Fengjie People's Hospital, Chongqing, China
Shi-Qing Zhou
2  Department of ICU, Fengjie People's Hospital, Chongqing, China
Feng-Fei Xia
3  Department of Interventional Vascular Surgery, Binzhou People's Hospital, Binzhou, China
Tao Wang
4  Department of Radiology, Xuzhou City Centre Hospital, Xuzhou, China
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Funding None.


Background The aim of the study is to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of preoperative computed tomography (CT)-guided trans-scapular coil localization (TSCL) of scapula-blocked pulmonary nodules (PNs).

Methods Between November 2015 and May 2020, 11 patients underwent preoperative CT-guided TSCL procedures owing to PN occlusion by scapula.

Results A 100% technical success rate was achieved for CT-guided TSCL, with one coil being used for each PN. One patient (9.1%) developed pneumothorax. Successful video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)-guided wedge resection of these scapula-blocked PNs was conducted in all patients.

Conclusion CT-guided TSCL can be simply and safely used to facilitate successful VATS-guided wedge resection of scapula-blocked PNs.


Eingereicht: 01. Juni 2020

Angenommen: 01. September 2020

20. November 2020 (online)

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