Chest

The examination of the chest is the most frequently performed radiological study overall. It is also one of the most important and demanding studies, particularly for the radiological novice, especially when alone at night on-call, and in emergency situations. The comprehensive analysis of a chest radiograph (CXR) is also a rather intellectual affair—just like a good crime story and fortunately just about as much fun.

The basic prerequisite for a correct image analysis is a sound knowledge of the appearance of normal anatomy and other essential phenomena on the CXR. The anatomy and physiology of the thoracic organs must be known as well as important optical and perceptional factors that can influence the diagnostic process. (see Chapter 4). Continuous training of the faculty for image analysis is naturally essential—fortunately there is no shortage of interesting radiographs to practice on. If you master the art of reading a CXR there will be many opportunities for you to successfully score—with your colleagues, in your exams and, what is most important, with your patients. Of course, one must be familiar with the indications for a CXR—that is, what the method is capable of demonstrating (Table 6.1). The acute chest problems in trauma patients are dealt with in Chapter 14 on "Trauma".

I A Diagram of the Chest

I A Diagram of the Chest

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Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

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