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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236-239

Chest radiographs in the acute setting-collapse and consolidation


Department of Radiology, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon, United Kingdom

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Dr. Emma St Joseph
Basildon Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NL
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_23_20

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Chest radiographs are extensively used yet surprisingly complex. Compressing the three dimensions of the patient into the two dimensions of the image, there is a lot of opportunities for overlapping shadows to trip up the unwary and obscure diagnoses. Lobar collapse and lobar consolidation can usually be identified and distinguished as distinct diagnoses. The silhouette sign is king; ask “what can be seen?” and “what cannot seen (that should be seen)?”


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