Table 3—

Comparison of available and emerging quantitative airway imaging modalities

TechniqueAvailabilityRadiationDynamic viewsResolutionCurrent use
BronchoscopyWideNoYes+Clinical
MDCTWideYesIn cine mode+++Clinical/research
EBUSIncreasingNoYes++Clinical
MRILimitedNoPossible+Research
OCTVery limitedNoYes++++Research
FCFMVery limitedNoYes++++Research
  • MDCT: multidetector computed tomography; EBUS: endobronchial ultrasound; MRI: magnetic resonance imaging; OCT: optical coherence tomography; FCFM: fibreoptic confocal fluorescence endomicroscopy