Chest X-ray: Lung Pathology IV

Okay, here is the last article in the Chest X-ray series for now. We will do a quick and very brief job at covering pulmonary vasculature. As a note, this lecture is largely anecdotal, meaning this is based upon personal experience and makes sense to me but was not learned directly from any single textbook […]

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Chest X-ray: lung pathology I

Onward with chest we go! Pathology described for non-medical people is basically anything not “normal” in the body. Sometimes it can be really bad like cancer, it could also be a benign lesion (it’s not normal but it’s not going to kill you either), it could be congenital (a developmental/birth abnormality), and on and on. […]

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Mammogram – When to start and when to stop

There are several recommendations floating around out there with controversy stirred most recently in 2009 by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), which recommended screening mammograms every other year for women above the age 50 with women 40-50 choosing when to start. The USPSTF also recommends against teaching women breast self-examination.   Before going […]

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Mammogram – What does my callback letter mean?

So, you just received a callback letter from your screening mammogram. This is NOT the time to panic. There are many factors that could influence a radiologist’s decision to call a patient back for additional imaging. If you asked me what exams in radiology seemed the most artful, relying on skill, talent, and utilizing clinical […]

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Gadolinium Deposition Disease – What is it and do I need contrast for my MRI?

Gadolinium is the chemical element with symbol Gd and atomic number 64. It is a special heavy metal with a structure making it strongly paramagnetic. Paramagnetism is an intrinsic property of certain materials which causes the element to become temporarily magnetized when placed in an external magnetic field (an MRI). It is this unique property that makes gadolinium an ideal […]

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