Chest X-ray: Lung Pathology II

Let’s get through a couple more cases of fundamental pathology on chest X-ray. We touched on pneumonia last time utilizing opacities to help localize lobar anatomy on chest X-ray. Pneumonia can appear different on chest X-ray depending on the pathogen. Bacterial pneumonia often cause the consolidative opacities we discussed in the last article. A viral […]

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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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Chest X-ray: What makes a good image?

This is an important topic that I feel we need to cover before moving any further in our chest X-ray series. I wish I had more time to learn from radiologic technologists (RT), the real pros. Here is my quick and dirty assessment of the image. Rest In Peace. Don’t die, but just enjoy a […]

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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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