Chest X-ray: heart anatomy

Let’s fire through this so we can get into the fun stuff, pathology! Doctors are a quirky bunch and have a challenging career where interesting cases generally means bad news for the patient. However, collaborating with patients’ and healthcare providers as a team to treat, improve, and often overcome the scary situation is an amazing […]

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Chest X-ray – mediastinum anatomy

The mediastinum describes the central structures seen on a frontal chest radiograph. Remember, left and right are “flipped” with sidedness determined by the patient’s perspective (their right and left). In the center of the chest is the heart and mediastinum. The mediastinal structures consist of the thymus, trachea/airway, esophagus/food pipe, lymph nodes and the large […]

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Chest X-ray: lung anatomy

Okay, let’s get into some basic anatomy of the lungs. First off it is critical for you to know that there is an “anatomic” position, meaning there is a standard convention for locating body parts. A person could be pictured laying on their back with hands down at their sides and palms up. Viewing is […]

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Chest X-ray: A basic introduction

BACKGROUND Although I have not received any online comments, a technologist I work with this past Thursday told me that technologists at the regional hospital had been talking about my blogs. I was told that they have been well received. I am so happy to hear that local healthcare providers who are collaborators in community […]

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What to expect at breast biopsy

At this point you have completed a diagnostic examination and the findings led the radiologist to recommend a biopsy. A diagnostic work up may entail any of the modalities: mammogram, ultrasound, and/or MRI. Generally, lesions should be biopsied under the modality where they are best visualized, particularly for subtle lesions. That being said I will […]

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The Internet is a Dangerous Place

Originally posted on Jessie Fisher's PT Blog:
The internet is full of amazing information.  I’m not sure how I got through life without it.  There are tons of sites on the internet that offer free medical advice and many of them offer home treatments for musculoskeletal problems.  What kinds of exercises you should to…

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Mammogram – What does a radiologist look for?

When a radiologist is reviewing your mammogram there are three things in particular they are looking for to exclude possible cancer: mass, architectural distortion, and suspicious calcifications. We will discuss each feature, but many of these things may only be detected when comparing to prior exams, which is why you should have ANNUAL mammograms. As […]

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