Computed tomographic scan of the chest underestimates the number of metastatic lesions in osteosarcoma
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Even in the era of modern CT scanning, only a very rough correlation exists between CT findings and the number of lesions identified at thoracotomy. In more than one third of thoracotomies in our series, metastases would have been missed by any tactic besides manual palpation of the lung during open thoracotomy. Minimal access procedures should not be the approach of choice if the goal is resection of all pulmonary metastases in osteosarcoma.