J Thorac Imaging 2016 Jan;31(1):W1-3
*Department of Radiology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY †National Jewish Health, Denver, CO ‡Department of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, Society of Thoracic Surgeons §Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN ∥Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Society of Thoracic Surgeons ¶Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN #Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ **Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL ††New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, The American College of Chest Physicians ‡‡Department of Radiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA §§Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL ∥∥Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
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