Chest X-ray

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Chest X-ray Interpretation:

Chest X-ray Interpretation Dr.DURGA PRASAD


Introduction Routinely obtained Pulmonary specialist consultation Inherent physical exam limitations Chest x-ray limitations Physical exam and chest x-ray provide compliment

Essentials Before Getting Started:

Essentials Before Getting Started Exposure Overexposure Underexposure Sex of Patient Male Female

Essentials Before Getting Started:

Essentials Before Getting Started Path of x-ray beam PA AP Patient Position Upright Supine

Essentials Before Getting Started:

Essentials Before Getting Started Breath Inspiration Expiration

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Bony Framework Soft Tissues Lung Fields and Hila Diaphragm and Pleural Spaces Mediastinum and Heart Abdomen and Neck

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Bony Fragments Ribs Sternum Spine Shoulder girdle Clavicles

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Soft Tissues Breast shadows Supraclavicular areas Axillae Tissues along side of breasts

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Lung Fields and Hila Hilum Pulmonary arteries Pulmonary veins Lungs Linear and fine nodular shadows of pulmonary vessels Blood vessels 40% obscured by other tissue

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Diaphragm and Pleural Surfaces Diaphragm Dome-shaped Costophrenic angles Normal pleural is not visible Interlobar fissures

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Mediastinum and Heart Heart size on PA Right side Inferior vena cava Right atrium Ascending aorta Superior vena cava

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Mediastinum and Heart Left side Left ventricle Left atrium Pulmonary artery Aortic arch Subclavian artery and vein

Systematic Approach:

Systematic Approach Abdomen and Neck Abdomen Gastric bubble Air under diaphragm Neck Soft tissue mass Air bronchogram

Summary of Density :

Summary of Density Air Water Bone Tissue Tissue

Pitfalls to Chest X-ray Interpretation:

Pitfalls to Chest X-ray Interpretation Poor inspiration Over or under penetration Rotation Forgetting the path of the x-ray beam

Lung Anatomy:

Lung Anatomy Trachea Carina Right and Left Pulmonary Bronchi Secondary Bronchi Tertiary Bronchi Bronchioles Alveolar Duct Alveoli

Lung Anatomy:

Lung Anatomy Right Lung Superior lobe Middle lobe Inferior lobe Left Lung Superior lobe Inferior lobe

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray PA View: Extensive overlap Lower lobes extend high Lateral View: Extent of lower lobes

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray The right upper lobe (RUL) occupies the upper 1/3 of the right lung. Posteriorly, the RUL is adjacent to the first three to five ribs. Anteriorly, the RUL extends inferiorly as far as the 4th right anterior rib

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray The right middle lobe is typically the smallest of the three, and appears triangular in shape, being narrowest near the hilum

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray The right lower lobe is the largest of all three lobes, separated from the others by the major fissure. Posteriorly, the RLL extend as far superiorly as the 6th thoracic vertebral body, and extends inferiorly to the diaphragm. Review of the lateral plain film surprisingly shows the superior extent of the RLL.

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray These lobes can be separated from one another by two fissures. The minor fissure separates the RUL from the RML, and thus represents the visceral pleural surfaces of both of these lobes. Oriented obliquely, the major fissure extends posteriorly and superiorly approximately to the level of the fourth vertebral body.

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray The lobar architecture of the left lung is slightly different than the right. Because there is no defined left minor fissure, there are only two lobes on the left; the left upper

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray Left lower lobes

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray:

Lung Anatomy on Chest X-ray These two lobes are separated by a major fissure, identical to that seen on the right side, although often slightly more inferior in location. The portion of the left lung that corresponds anatomically to the right middle lobe is incorporated into the left upper lobe.

The Normal Chest X-ray:

The Normal Chest X-ray PA View: Aortic arch Pulmonary trunk Left atrial appendage Left ventricle Right ventricle Superior vena cava Right hemidiaphragm Left hemidiaphragm Horizontal fissure

The Normal Chest X-ray:

The Normal Chest X-ray Lateral View: Oblique fissure Horizontal fissure Thoracic spine and retrocardiac space Retrosternal space

The Silhouette Sign:

The Silhouette Sign An intra-thoracic radio-opacity, if in anatomic contact with a border of heart or aorta, will obscure that border. An intra-thoracic lesion not anatomically contiguous with a border or a normal structure will not obliterate that border.

Putting It All Together:

Putting It All Together

Understanding Pathological Changes:

Understanding Pathological Changes Most disease states replace air with a pathological process Each tissue reacts to injury in a predictable fashion Lung injury or pathological states can be either a generalized or localized process

Liquid Density:

Liquid Density Liquid density Increased air density Generalized Localized Diffuse alveolar Diffuse interstitial Mixed Vascular Infiltrate Consolidation Cavitation Mass Congestion Atelectasis Localized airway obstruction Diffuse airway obstruction Emphysema Bulla


Consolidation Lobar consolidation: Alveolar space filled with inflammatory exudate Interstitium and architecture remain intact The airway is patent Radiologically: A density corresponding to a segment or lobe Airbronchogram, and No significant loss of lung volume


Atelectasis Loss of air Obstructive atelectasis: No ventilation to the lobe beyond obstruction Radiologically: Density corresponding to a segment or lobe Significant loss of volume Compensatory hyperinflation of normal lungs

Stages of Evaluating an Abnormality:

Stages of Evaluating an Abnormality 1. Identification of abnormal shadows 2. Localization of lesion 3. Identification of pathological process 4. Identification of etiology 5. Confirmation of clinical suspension Complex problems Introduction of contrast medium CT chest MRI scan

Putting It Into Practice:

Putting It Into Practice

Case 1:

Case 1

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A single, 3cm relatively thin-walled cavity is noted in the left midlung. This finding is most typical of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). One-third of SCC masses show cavitation

Case 2:

Case 2

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LUL Atelectasis: Loss of heart borders/silhouetting. Notice over inflation on unaffected lung

Case 3:

Case 3

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Right Middle and Left Upper Lobe Pneumonia

Case 4:

Case 4

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Cavitation:cystic changes in the area of consolidation due to the bacterial destruction of lung tissue. Notice air fluid level.

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Case 5:

Case 5

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Case 6:

Case 6

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COPD: increase in heart diameter, flattening of the diaphragm, and increase in the size of the retrosternal air space. In addition the upper lobes will become hyperlucent due to destruction of the lung tissue.

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Chronic emphysema effect on the lungs

Case 7:

Case 7

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Pseudotumor: fluid has filled the minor fissure creating a density that resembles a tumor (arrow). Recall that fluid and soft tissue are indistinguishable on plain film. Further analysis, however, reveals a classic pleural effusion in the right pleura. Note the right lateral gutter is blunted and the right diaphram is obscurred.

Case 8:

Case 8

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Pneumonia:a large pneumonia consolidation in the right lower lobe. Knowledge of lobar and segmental anatomy is important in identifying the location of the infection

Case 9:

Case 9

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CHF:a great deal of accentuated interstitial markings, Curly lines, and an enlarged heart. Normally indistinct upper lobe vessels are prominent but are also masked by interstitial edema.

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24 hours after diuretic therapy

Case 10:

Case 10

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Chest wall lesion: arising off the chest wall and not the lung

Case 11:

Case 11

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Pleural effusion: Note loss of left hemidiaphragm. Fluid drained via thoracentesis

Case 12:

Case 12

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Lung Mass

Case 13:

Case 13

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Small Pneumothorax: LUL

Case 15:

Case 15

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Right Middle Lobe Pneumothorax: complete lobar collapse

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Post chest tube insertion and re-expansion

Case 16:

Case 16

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Metastatic Lung Cancer: multiple nodules seen

Case 17:

Case 17

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Right upper lower lobe pulmonary nodule

Case 18:

Case 18

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Case 19:

Case 19

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Perihilar mass: Hodgkin’s disease

Case 20:

Case 20

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Widened Mediastinum: Aortic Dissection

Case 21:

Case 21

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Pulmonary artery stenosis with cardiomegally likely secondary to stenosis.



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