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Thoracic imaging 

Thoracic imaging
Thoracic imaging

Susan J. Copley

and David M. Hansell



Chest radiography—description of radiographic techniques modified to include advances in X-ray detector technology, digital tomosynthesis, and other emerging techniques.

Transthoracic ultrasonography—description of usage expanded to include detection of pneumothoraces and supraclavicular node sampling in lung cancer.

CT—description modified to include (1) dual energy CT, (2) use in screening.

MRI—description updated to include diffusion weighted MR.

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date: 24 September 2021

Radiographic findings should always be interpreted in conjunction with the clinical picture.

Chest radiography—this remains the commonest technique in the investigation of suspected thoracic disease. Advantages are cost, availability, and a significantly lower radiation dose than CT, but even with optimal technique nearly one-third of the lungs are partially obscured by the overlying mediastinum, diaphragm, and ribs....

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