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Radiology

NORMAL CHEST
• Spine seen through heart shadow
• R, L lateral costophrenic angles sharply, acutely angled
• WL: level of minor/horizontal fissure, usually visible on frontal view (seen en face); no minor fissure on L side
• WC: lung markings (BVs); L hilum higher
• White
NORMAL CHEST
• Spine seen through heart shadow
• R, L lateral costophrenic angles sharply, acutely angled
• WL: level of minor/horizontal fissure, usually visible on frontal view (seen en face); no minor fissure on L side
• WC: lung markings (BVs); L hilum higher
• White”3″: posterior 3rd rib
• Black “3”: anterior third rib
NORMAL LATERAL CHEST
• SWL: clear space behind sternum
• WC: hila produce no discrete shadow
• SWA: Retrosternal clear space 
• DWA: vertebral bodies - same height, end plates parallel
• SBA: sharp posterior costophrenic angles 
• Black star: thoracic spine blackens (darkens), shoulder girdle to diaphragm (less dense tissue for x-ray beam to traverse at level of diaphragm)
• Heart normally touches anterior aspect of L Hd, usually obscures (silhouettes) it
• DBA: superior surface of R Hd - seen continuously from back to front (not obscured by heart)
• Normal space posterior to heart, anterior to spine (helps assess cardiomegaly) 
• BL: Major or oblique fissure (visible en face on lateral view)
• WL: horizontal fissure (visible en face on lateral view)
NORMAL LATERAL CHEST
• SWL: clear space behind sternum
• WC: hila produce no discrete shadow
• SWA: Retrosternal clear space
• DWA: vertebral bodies – same height, end plates parallel
• SBA: sharp posterior costophrenic angles
• Black star: thoracic spine blackens (darkens), shoulder girdle to diaphragm (less dense tissue for x-ray beam to traverse at level of diaphragm)
• Heart normally touches anterior aspect of L Hd, usually obscures (silhouettes) it
• DBA: superior surface of R Hd – seen continuously from back to front (not obscured by heart)
• Normal space posterior to heart, anterior to spine (helps assess cardiomegaly)
• BL: Major or oblique fissure (visible en face on lateral view)
• WL: horizontal fissure (visible en face on lateral view)
SPINE SIGN
• Spine appears whiter (more dense) above diaphragm (normally gets blacker from neck to diaphragm - less dense tissue for x-ray beam to traverse above diaphragm than in shoulder girdle)
• Airspace disease on lateral film - LLL (frontal - PNA in LLL behind heart)
• WA: LLL PNA superimposed on lower spine on lateral view makes spine whiter (more dense) above diaphragm
• Lateral projection - R & L posterior ribs almost superimposed
SPINE SIGN
• Spine appears whiter (more dense) above diaphragm (normally gets blacker from neck to diaphragm – less dense tissue for x-ray beam to traverse above diaphragm than in shoulder girdle)
• Airspace disease on lateral film – LLL (frontal – PNA in LLL behind heart)
• WA: LLL PNA superimposed on lower spine on lateral view makes spine whiter (more dense) above diaphragm
• Lateral projection – R & L posterior ribs almost superimposed
ANTERIOR MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY
• A: Retrosternal clear space (normal)
• B: soft tissue filling retrosternal clear space behind sternum
• Adenopathy = most frequent reason retrosternal clear space obscured
• Thymoma, teratoma, substernal thyroid enlargement can produce anterior mediastinal masses, but don't usually produce exactly this appearance
ANTERIOR MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY
• A: Retrosternal clear space (normal)
• B: soft tissue filling retrosternal clear space behind sternum
• Adenopathy = most frequent reason retrosternal clear space obscured
• Thymoma, teratoma, substernal thyroid enlargement can produce anterior mediastinal masses, but don’t usually produce exactly this appearance
ARMS OBSCURING RETROSTERNAL SPACE
• WA: humeri visible
• BA: soft tissue of arms - not anterior mediastinal adenopathy
ARMS OBSCURING RETROSTERNAL SPACE
• WA: humeri visible
• BA: soft tissue of arms – not anterior mediastinal adenopathy
HILAR MASS
• BA: lobulated mass in hilar region
• Normally, hila don't cast shadow detectable on lateral projection
HILAR MASS
• BA: lobulated mass in hilar region
• Normally, hila don’t cast shadow detectable on lateral projection
FLUID IN MAJOR FISSURES
• Thickening of L&R major fissures (WA)
• Major/oblique fissure: 5th thoracic vertebral body to ant diaphragm 2 cm behind sternum
• Dx: CHF; thickening = fluid in fissures
• Fissures usually invisible - if visible, as fine white lines
• Interstitial markings throughout from fluid in interstitium
FLUID IN MAJOR FISSURES
• Thickening of L&R major fissures (WA)
• Major/oblique fissure: 5th thoracic vertebral body to ant diaphragm 2 cm behind sternum
• Dx: CHF; thickening = fluid in fissures
• Fissures usually invisible – if visible, as fine white lines
• Interstitial markings throughout from fluid in interstitium
OP COMPRESSION FX, DEGEN DISC DZ
• BA: OP of 8th thor vertebral body - compression fx (often superior endplate first)
• WA: Small osteophytes from degenerative disc dz
OP COMPRESSION FX, DEGEN DISC DZ
• BA: OP of 8th thor vertebral body – compression fx (often superior endplate first)
• WA: Small osteophytes from degenerative disc dz
SMALL PL EFF - BLUNTING
• WA: fluid blunting posterior costophrenic sulcus
• BA: other posterior costophrenic angle is sharp
• DBA: pleural effusion on R (Hd involved can be traced forward anteriorly further than other - left Hd; left Hd normally silhouetted by heart, not visible anteriorly)
SMALL PL EFF – BLUNTING
• WA: fluid blunting posterior costophrenic sulcus
• BA: other posterior costophrenic angle is sharp
• DBA: pleural effusion on R (Hd involved can be traced forward anteriorly further than other – left Hd; left Hd normally silhouetted by heart, not visible anteriorly)
UNDERPENETRATED 
• SBA: spine not visible through cardiac shadow
• DBA: left Hd not visible
• Get lateral CXR to differentiate between artifact of technique & disease
UNDERPENETRATED
• SBA: spine not visible through cardiac shadow
• DBA: left Hd not visible
• Get lateral CXR to differentiate between artifact of technique & disease
OVERPENETRATED
• Lung markings difficult to see - mimics emphysema findings or PTX
OVERPENETRATED
• Lung markings difficult to see – mimics emphysema findings or PTX
COUNTING RIBS• Hospitalized pts: 8-9 visible posterior ribs in frontal projection is adequate
• Don't miss 2nd posterior rib - frequently overlaps 1st rib
COUNTING RIBS• Hospitalized pts: 8-9 visible posterior ribs in frontal projection is adequate
• Don’t miss 2nd posterior rib – frequently overlaps 1st rib
SUB-OPTIMAL INSPIRATION
• 8 posterior ribs visible
• Black arrows: crowded - accentuates lung markings at bases
• Crowded lung markings mimic aspiration or PNA
• Get lateral CXR to determine if basilar airspace disease actually present
SUB-OPTIMAL INSPIRATION
• 8 posterior ribs visible
• Black arrows: crowded – accentuates lung markings at bases
• Crowded lung markings mimic aspiration or PNA
• Get lateral CXR to determine if basilar airspace disease actually present
ROTATION
• A: not rotated, medial ends of right (orange dot) and left (black dot) clavicles projected on radiograph (black line) equidistant from spinous process (black triangle)
• B: rotated toward his own right. Medial end of left clavicle (black dot) projected closer to spinous process than is medial end of right clavicle (orange dot)
• C: rotated toward his own left. Medial end of right clavicle (orange dot) projected closer to spinous process than medial end of left clavicle (black dot)
• Same relationships would be on PA projection
ROTATION
• A: not rotated, medial ends of right (orange dot) and left (black dot) clavicles projected on radiograph (black line) equidistant from spinous process (black triangle)
• B: rotated toward his own right. Medial end of left clavicle (black dot) projected closer to spinous process than is medial end of right clavicle (orange dot)
• C: rotated toward his own left. Medial end of right clavicle (orange dot) projected closer to spinous process than medial end of left clavicle (black dot)
• Same relationships would be on PA projection
EVALUATE FOR ROTATION
• A: White arrows: clavicles equidistant from spinous process (black arrows) - not rotated
• B: rotated toward his own right (viewing study as if patient facing you; spinous process (BA) much closer to left clavicular head (DWA) than to right clavicular head (SWA)
• C: rotated toward his own left. Spinous process (BA) much closer to right clavicular head (SWA) than to left (DWA)
EVALUATE FOR ROTATION
• A: White arrows: clavicles equidistant from spinous process (black arrows) – not rotated
• B: rotated toward his own right (viewing study as if patient facing you; spinous process (BA) much closer to left clavicular head (DWA) than to right clavicular head (SWA)
• C: rotated toward his own left. Spinous process (BA) much closer to right clavicular head (SWA) than to left (DWA)
DISTORTION FROM ROTATION
• Pt rotated toward her right
• WA: left Hd appears higher (farther from cassette than right - rotation)
• BA: heart, trachea (arrow) displaced into right Ht (rotation)
DISTORTION FROM ROTATION
• Pt rotated toward her right
• WA: left Hd appears higher (farther from cassette than right – rotation)
• BA: heart, trachea (arrow) displaced into right Ht (rotation)
POSITIONING & MAGNIFICATION
• A: AP projection
• B: PA projection - same patient
• Usually little difference if equal inspiration taken on both
POSITIONING & MAGNIFICATION
• A: AP projection
• B: PA projection – same patient
• Usually little difference if equal inspiration taken on both
APICAL LORDOTIC EFFECT
• A: beam correctly oriented perpendicular to cassette plane
• B: beam angled upward - apical lordotic view, anterior structures projected higher than posterior
• C: Semirecumbant study - same result as B (anterior structures higher)
APICAL LORDOTIC EFFECT
• A: beam correctly oriented perpendicular to cassette plane
• B: beam angled upward – apical lordotic view, anterior structures projected higher than posterior
• C: Semirecumbant study – same result as B (anterior structures higher)
APICAL LORDOTIC CXR
• Most frequently inadvertent - patients semirecumbant
• WA: clavicles projected above first ribs, normal
APICAL LORDOTIC CXR
• Most frequently inadvertent – patients semirecumbant
• WA: clavicles projected above first ribs, normal “S” shape is straight
• BA: left Hd obscured, heart shape distorted
DIFFUSE AIRSPACE DISEASE - PULMONARY ALVEOLAR EDEMA
• Fluffy, hazy, cloudlike opacities through both lungs, mainly in upper lobes
• Pulmonary alveolar edema
DIFFUSE AIRSPACE DISEASE – PULMONARY ALVEOLAR EDEMA
• Fluffy, hazy, cloudlike opacities through both lungs, mainly in upper lobes
• Pulmonary alveolar edema
RLL PNA
• BA: increased opacification in right midlung field
• WA: indistinct margins, characteristic of airspace disease
• DBA: minor fissure bisects disease - PNA in superior segment of RLL
• RH border, R Hd visible (disease not in contact)
RLL PNA
• BA: increased opacification in right midlung field
• WA: indistinct margins, characteristic of airspace disease
• DBA: minor fissure bisects disease – PNA in superior segment of RLL
• RH border, R Hd visible (disease not in contact)
AIR BRONCHOGRAMS
• Black arrows: black, branching structures = air visible in bronchi because surrounding airspaces filled with inflammatory exudate
• Dx: obstructive PNA from bronchogenic carcinoma
AIR BRONCHOGRAMS
• Black arrows: black, branching structures = air visible in bronchi because surrounding airspaces filled with inflammatory exudate
• Dx: obstructive PNA from bronchogenic carcinoma
SILHOUETTE SIGN, RML PNA
• Fluffy, indistinctly marginated airspace disease right of heart
• Right heart border obscured (SBA)
• Right Hd not obscured (DBA)
• Silhouette sign: obscuring - means disease touching border, same radiographic density as heart
• PNA fills airspaces w/inflammatory exudate of fluid density
• Major fissure - below PNA (DWA)
• Minor fissure - above PNA
SILHOUETTE SIGN, RML PNA
• Fluffy, indistinctly marginated airspace disease right of heart
• Right heart border obscured (SBA)
• Right Hd not obscured (DBA)
• Silhouette sign: obscuring – means disease touching border, same radiographic density as heart
• PNA fills airspaces w/inflammatory exudate of fluid density
• Major fissure – below PNA (DWA)
• Minor fissure – above PNA
RUL PNEUMOCOCCAL PNA 
• DWA: air bronchograms
• SWA: minor fissure
• Inferior margin of PNA more sharp because in contact w/minor fissure
• Streptococcus pneumoniae
RUL PNEUMOCOCCAL PNA
• DWA: air bronchograms
• SWA: minor fissure
• Inferior margin of PNA more sharp because in contact w/minor fissure
• Streptococcus pneumoniae
ACUTE PULM ALVEOLAR EDEMA 2° CHF
• WA: bat-wing - fluffy, bilateral, perihilar airspace dz, indistinct margins
• No air bronchograms
• Heart enlarged
ACUTE PULM ALVEOLAR EDEMA 2° CHF
• WA: bat-wing – fluffy, bilateral, perihilar airspace dz, indistinct margins
• No air bronchograms
• Heart enlarged
ASPIRATION - RLL & LLL
• Fluffy, confluent, indistinct margins = airspace dz (BA)
• Similar density in LLL (WA)
• Bibasilar distribution - suspect aspiration
ASPIRATION – RLL & LLL
• Fluffy, confluent, indistinct margins = airspace dz (BA)
• Similar density in LLL (WA)
• Bibasilar distribution – suspect aspiration
INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE PATTERNS
• A: RETICULAR - crisscrossing lines (dx: advanced sarcoidosis)
• B: NODULAR (dx: small metastatic foci from thyroid carcinoma)
• C: RETICULONODULAR - most interstitial diseases- lines and dots (dx: sarcoidosis)
INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE PATTERNS
• A: RETICULAR – crisscrossing lines (dx: advanced sarcoidosis)
• B: NODULAR (dx: small metastatic foci from thyroid carcinoma)
• C: RETICULONODULAR – most interstitial diseases- lines and dots (dx: sarcoidosis)
VARICELLA PNA
• WCs: small, discrete nodules in R lung - calcified granulomas in lung interstitium
• Clears w/multiple small calcified granulomas remaining
VARICELLA PNA
• WCs: small, discrete nodules in R lung – calcified granulomas in lung interstitium
• Clears w/multiple small calcified granulomas remaining
EDGE OF LESION
• SBA: part confluent, like airspace
• BC: reticular interstitial dz at periphery
• Look at margins of parenchymal lung dz to determine nature of areas of abnormality & differentiate airspace from interstitial disease
EDGE OF LESION
• SBA: part confluent, like airspace
• BC: reticular interstitial dz at periphery
• Look at margins of parenchymal lung dz to determine nature of areas of abnormality & differentiate airspace from interstitial disease
PULM INSTERSTITIAL EDEMA 2° CHF
• BC: accentuated pulmonary interstitial markings
• WC: Kerley B lines - fluid in thickened interlobular septa
• BA: fluid in inferior accessory fissure
PULM INSTERSTITIAL EDEMA 2° CHF
• BC: accentuated pulmonary interstitial markings
• WC: Kerley B lines – fluid in thickened interlobular septa
• BA: fluid in inferior accessory fissure
IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS
• A: (BC) coarse reticular interstitial markings of fibrosis, predominantly at bases
• B: (BC) honeycombing - small cystic spaces at subpleural bases - typical distribution for UIP (usual interstitial PNA)
• WA: ground glass opacities (hazy densities)
• IPF = disease spectrum - may begin as desquaminative interstitial PNA (DIP) and lead to UIP
IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS
• A: (BC) coarse reticular interstitial markings of fibrosis, predominantly at bases
• B: (BC) honeycombing – small cystic spaces at subpleural bases – typical distribution for UIP (usual interstitial PNA)
• WA: ground glass opacities (hazy densities)
• IPF = disease spectrum – may begin as desquaminative interstitial PNA (DIP) and lead to UIP
RHEUMATOID LUNG
• Reticular markings at bases (WAs)
• MC manifestation rheumatoid lung dz: pleural effusion
• 2nd MC manifestation rheumatoid lung dz: pulmonary fibrosis - usually diffuse but more prominent at bases
• Bibasilar interstitial dz also in bronchiectasis, asbestosis, desquaminative interstitial pneumonia (DIP), scleroderma, SCD
RHEUMATOID LUNG
• Reticular markings at bases (WAs)
• MC manifestation rheumatoid lung dz: pleural effusion
• 2nd MC manifestation rheumatoid lung dz: pulmonary fibrosis – usually diffuse but more prominent at bases
• Bibasilar interstitial dz also in bronchiectasis, asbestosis, desquaminative interstitial pneumonia (DIP), scleroderma, SCD
ADENOCARCINOMA - RUL
• WA: mass in RUL
• BA: margin slightly indistinct along superolateral border
• MC presentation adenocarcinoma of lung: peripheral nodule
ADENOCARCINOMA – RUL
• WA: mass in RUL
• BA: margin slightly indistinct along superolateral border
• MC presentation adenocarcinoma of lung: peripheral nodule
METS TO LUNG, CT scans. 
• A-WA: - multiple discrete nodules, varying size, throughout both lungs
• Dx of exclusion when multiple nodules in lung is metastatic dz
• B-WA: prominent interstitial markings
• B-DBA: septal lines
• B-SBA: lymphadenopathy from lymphangitic spread bronchogenic carcinoma
• C-WA: lung CA grown through chest wall, invaded by direct extension
• Pleura usually strong barrier to direct tumor spread
METS TO LUNG, CT scans.
• A-WA: – multiple discrete nodules, varying size, throughout both lungs
• Dx of exclusion when multiple nodules in lung is metastatic dz
• B-WA: prominent interstitial markings
• B-DBA: septal lines
• B-SBA: lymphadenopathy from lymphangitic spread bronchogenic carcinoma
• C-WA: lung CA grown through chest wall, invaded by direct extension
• Pleura usually strong barrier to direct tumor spread
Sarcoidosis. 
• SBA: bilateral hilar adenopathy
• DBA: right paratracheal adenopathy
• BC: bilateral reticulonodular interstitial lung dz
• Classic distribution for adenopathy in sarcoidosis
• Adenopathy may regress, interstitial dz remains
Sarcoidosis.
• SBA: bilateral hilar adenopathy
• DBA: right paratracheal adenopathy
• BC: bilateral reticulonodular interstitial lung dz
• Classic distribution for adenopathy in sarcoidosis
• Adenopathy may regress, interstitial dz remains
OBSTRUCTIVE ATELECTASIS VS. PTX
• A-SBA: entire right lung atelectasis (obstructing endobronchial lesion); visceral, parietal pleura in contact
• A-DBA: trachea and main right bronchus shift toward atelectasis
• A-SWA: left lung overexpands, crosses midline
• B: large right PTX
• B-SWA: air interposes between visceral and parietal pleurae (dotted white arrows)
• B-SBA: passive atelectasis 
• B (arrowhead): chest tube, removed from suction
OBSTRUCTIVE ATELECTASIS VS. PTX
• A-SBA: entire right lung atelectasis (obstructing endobronchial lesion); visceral, parietal pleura in contact
• A-DBA: trachea and main right bronchus shift toward atelectasis
• A-SWA: left lung overexpands, crosses midline
• B: large right PTX
• B-SWA: air interposes between visceral and parietal pleurae (dotted white arrows)
• B-SBA: passive atelectasis
• B (arrowhead): chest tube, removed from suction
ENTIRE LEFT LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Heart shifted toward atelectasis (L), overlies spine (BA)
• Trachea L from midline, toward atelectasis (WA)
• Dx: child w/asthma, mucous plug obstructing L main bronchus
ENTIRE LEFT LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Heart shifted toward atelectasis (L), overlies spine (BA)
• Trachea L from midline, toward atelectasis (WA)
• Dx: child w/asthma, mucous plug obstructing L main bronchus
LG PLEURAL EFFUSION - MASS EFFECT
• Black arrow: trachea to L, apex of heart to L 
• White arrow: apex of heart - displaced to L, close to lateral chest wall
• Thoracentesis removed 2L serosanguinous fluid
LG PLEURAL EFFUSION – MASS EFFECT
• Black arrow: trachea to L, apex of heart to L
• White arrow: apex of heart – displaced to L, close to lateral chest wall
• Thoracentesis removed 2L serosanguinous fluid
ATELECTASIS AND EFFUSION
• E: large PLEURAL EFFUSION
• BA: atelectasis of right lung
• Balance between atelectasis and effusion = no shift of midline structures
• WA: heart in normal position
• Strongly suggestive of central bronchogenic malignancy w/malignant effusion
ATELECTASIS AND EFFUSION
• E: large PLEURAL EFFUSION
• BA: atelectasis of right lung
• Balance between atelectasis and effusion = no shift of midline structures
• WA: heart in normal position
• Strongly suggestive of central bronchogenic malignancy w/malignant effusion
LUL PNA 
• No heart shift, some trachea shift (WA)
• Air bronchograms w/in upper area of opacification (WC)
• Suggestive of PNA rather than atelectasis or pleural effusion
• Dx: S. pneumoniae of LUL
LUL PNA
• No heart shift, some trachea shift (WA)
• Air bronchograms w/in upper area of opacification (WC)
• Suggestive of PNA rather than atelectasis or pleural effusion
• Dx: S. pneumoniae of LUL
POSTPNEUMONECTOMY-DAY 1, R LUNG
• <24h after pneumonectomy
• BAs: surgical clips in area of R hilum
• R 5th rib removed 
• Over several weeks, R hemithorax fills w/fluid, structures shift toward side of pneumonectomy
POSTPNEUMONECTOMY-DAY 1, R LUNG
• <24h after pneumonectomy • BAs: surgical clips in area of R hilum • R 5th rib removed • Over several weeks, R hemithorax fills w/fluid, structures shift toward side of pneumonectomy
1 YEAR POST-PNEUMONECTOMY
• SBA: R 5th rib absent
• WA: heart deviated toward opacification
• DBA: trachea deviated toward opacification
• Deviation towards opacification = volume loss
• Fluid filling R Ht after pneumonectomy fibrosed? permanent shift toward pneumonectomized side
1 YEAR POST-PNEUMONECTOMY
• SBA: R 5th rib absent
• WA: heart deviated toward opacification
• DBA: trachea deviated toward opacification
• Deviation towards opacification = volume loss
• Fluid filling R Ht after pneumonectomy fibrosed? permanent shift toward pneumonectomized side
RML ATELECTASIS 
• A-SWA: increased density
• A-SBA: R heart border, silhouetted by density - indicates anterior RML location
• B-DWA: minor fissure displaced downward
• B-DBA: major fissure displaced upward
• Anterior middle lobe
RML ATELECTASIS
• A-SWA: increased density
• A-SBA: R heart border, silhouetted by density – indicates anterior RML location
• B-DWA: minor fissure displaced downward
• B-DBA: major fissure displaced upward
• Anterior middle lobe
RUL ATELECTASIS
• A: Fan-shaped increased density = airless RUL
• A-SWA: minor fissure displaced up
• A-SBA: trachea shifted to R
• B: similar wedge-shaped density near lung apex
• B-SWA: minor fissure - pulled upward
• B-SBA: major fissure - pulled forward
• Dx: child w/asthma, mucus plug obstructing RUL bronchus
RUL ATELECTASIS
• A: Fan-shaped increased density = airless RUL
• A-SWA: minor fissure displaced up
• A-SBA: trachea shifted to R
• B: similar wedge-shaped density near lung apex
• B-SWA: minor fissure – pulled upward
• B-SBA: major fissure – pulled forward
• Dx: child w/asthma, mucus plug obstructing RUL bronchus
L LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Complete L Ht opacification
• SBA: trachea - shifted to L (side of atelectasis)
• DBA: NGT in esophagus - shifted to L (side of atelectasis)
• RH border pulled to L side, not visible
• Dx: obstructing bronchogenic carcinoma of L main bronchus
L LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Complete L Ht opacification
• SBA: trachea – shifted to L (side of atelectasis)
• DBA: NGT in esophagus – shifted to L (side of atelectasis)
• RH border pulled to L side, not visible
• Dx: obstructing bronchogenic carcinoma of L main bronchus
R LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Complete R Ht opacification
• SBA: trachea shifted toward atelectasis
• SWA: LH border displaced to right, almost overlaps spine
• Dx: endobronchial metastasis in R main bronchus from L-sided breast CA
R LUNG ATELECTASIS
• Complete R Ht opacification
• SBA: trachea shifted toward atelectasis
• SWA: LH border displaced to right, almost overlaps spine
• Dx: endobronchial metastasis in R main bronchus from L-sided breast CA
LUL ATELECTASIS
• Hazy density around L hilum (A-SWA)
• Soft tissue mass in L hilum (A-SBA)
• A: L Hd pulled up to same level as right
• B - SWA: bandlike zone of increased density - atelectatic LUL, sharply demarcated by major fissure (pulled anterior)
LUL ATELECTASIS
• Hazy density around L hilum (A-SWA)
• Soft tissue mass in L hilum (A-SBA)
• A: L Hd pulled up to same level as right
• B – SWA: bandlike zone of increased density – atelectatic LUL, sharply demarcated by major fissure (pulled anterior)
L-SIDED PNEUMONECTOMY
• A: complete opacification of L Ht - fibrothorax after removal; volume loss
• A - SWA: trachea shifted to L
• A - SBA: L 5th rib removed
• A: R lung herniated across midline to fill in L Ht 
• B - SWA: increased lucency behind sternum (R lung filling in L Ht)
• B - SBA: only R Hd visible on lateral projection, because only R Ht has aerated lung 
• L Hd silhouetted by airless Ht above it
L-SIDED PNEUMONECTOMY
• A: complete opacification of L Ht – fibrothorax after removal; volume loss
• A – SWA: trachea shifted to L
• A – SBA: L 5th rib removed
• A: R lung herniated across midline to fill in L Ht
• B – SWA: increased lucency behind sternum (R lung filling in L Ht)
• B – SBA: only R Hd visible on lateral projection, because only R Ht has aerated lung
• L Hd silhouetted by airless Ht above it
SUBSEGMENTAL ATELECTASIS
• SBAs: Linear densities extending across all segments of LLs, parallel to diaphragm
• Characteristic of subsegmental atelectasis, aka discoid or platelike atelectasis
• Dx: insufficient inspiration after surgery - resolved on its own
SUBSEGMENTAL ATELECTASIS
• SBAs: Linear densities extending across all segments of LLs, parallel to diaphragm
• Characteristic of subsegmental atelectasis, aka discoid or platelike atelectasis
• Dx: insufficient inspiration after surgery – resolved on its own
COMPERESSIVE (PASSIVE) ATELECTASIS
• Passive compression: poor inspiratory effort (A) or 2° large pleural effusion or PTX (B)
• A - SWA: increased density at bases - poor inspiratory effort
• B - SBA: large pleural effusion
• B - DBA: atelectatic LLL, compressed by surrounding pleural fluid
COMPERESSIVE (PASSIVE) ATELECTASIS
• Passive compression: poor inspiratory effort (A) or 2° large pleural effusion or PTX (B)
• A – SWA: increased density at bases – poor inspiratory effort
• B – SBA: large pleural effusion
• B – DBA: atelectatic LLL, compressed by surrounding pleural fluid
ATELECTASIS AND EFFUSION IN BALANCE 
• SBA: no shift of trachea
• SWA: no heart shift
• Absence of shift ? possibility of atelectasis and pleural effusion in balance
• Complete opacification of right Ht
• No air bronchograms to suggest PNA
• Suspect central bronchogenic carcinoma (obstructive atelectasis) with metastases (pleural effusion)
ATELECTASIS AND EFFUSION IN BALANCE
• SBA: no shift of trachea
• SWA: no heart shift
• Absence of shift ? possibility of atelectasis and pleural effusion in balance
• Complete opacification of right Ht
• No air bronchograms to suggest PNA
• Suspect central bronchogenic carcinoma (obstructive atelectasis) with metastases (pleural effusion)
ROUND ATELECTASIS, LLL
• Masslike density in LLL (CBA)
• Pleural plaques from asbestos exposure (SBA)
• Comet-tail shaped bronchovascular markings from mass extending back into hilum (SWA)
• Combination characteristic of round atelectasis - don't mistake for tumor
ROUND ATELECTASIS, LLL
• Masslike density in LLL (CBA)
• Pleural plaques from asbestos exposure (SBA)
• Comet-tail shaped bronchovascular markings from mass extending back into hilum (SWA)
• Combination characteristic of round atelectasis – don’t mistake for tumor
RUL ATELECTASIS AND HILAR MASS: 
S SIGN OF GOLDEN
• SWA: soft tissue mass in R hilum
• Opacification of RUL from atelectasis
• DWA: minor fissure displaced up, toward inc density ? RUL volume loss
• S Sign of Golden: Shape of curved edge formed by mass + elevated minor fissure
• Dx: large squamous cell carcinoma obstructing RUL bronchus
RUL ATELECTASIS AND HILAR MASS:
S SIGN OF GOLDEN
• SWA: soft tissue mass in R hilum
• Opacification of RUL from atelectasis
• DWA: minor fissure displaced up, toward inc density ? RUL volume loss
• S Sign of Golden: Shape of curved edge formed by mass + elevated minor fissure
• Dx: large squamous cell carcinoma obstructing RUL bronchus
LLL & RLL atelectasis 
• A - SBAs: fan-shaped increased density behind heart, sharply demarcated by medially-displaced major fissure = characteristic of LLL atelectasis
• B - SWA: major fissure, displaced posteriorly
• Small triangular density in posterior costophrenic sulcus = characteristic location for LLL atelectasis on lateral film
• C - SWA: major fissure - superior border of fan-shaped triangular density in RLL
• C - SBA: unaerated LL silhouettes R Hd
LLL & RLL atelectasis
• A – SBAs: fan-shaped increased density behind heart, sharply demarcated by medially-displaced major fissure = characteristic of LLL atelectasis
• B – SWA: major fissure, displaced posteriorly
• Small triangular density in posterior costophrenic sulcus = characteristic location for LLL atelectasis on lateral film
• C – SWA: major fissure – superior border of fan-shaped triangular density in RLL
• C – SBA: unaerated LL silhouettes R Hd
RUL & L LUNG ATELECTASIS FROM ETT 
• Tip is past carina into bronchus intermedius - aerates RML, RLL (A-SBA)
• A: RUL & L lung opaque from atelectasis
• Elevated minor fissure (A-SWA)
• ETT retracted above carina (B-SBA)
• RUL, part of LLL aerated again (B-WCs)
RUL & L LUNG ATELECTASIS FROM ETT
• Tip is past carina into bronchus intermedius – aerates RML, RLL (A-SBA)
• A: RUL & L lung opaque from atelectasis
• Elevated minor fissure (A-SWA)
• ETT retracted above carina (B-SBA)
• RUL, part of LLL aerated again (B-WCs)
DRESSLER SYNDROME (POSTPERICARDITIS/POST-MI SYNDROME)
• SBAs: L pleural effusion
• 2-3w after transmural MI or pericardiotomy (CABG)
• CP + fever + L pleural effusion + patchy LLL airspace disease + pericardial effusion several weeks post-MI or CABG
• DBAs: pacer leads in RA
• Arrowhead: pacer leads in RV
DRESSLER SYNDROME (POSTPERICARDITIS/POST-MI SYNDROME)
• SBAs: L pleural effusion
• 2-3w after transmural MI or pericardiotomy (CABG)
• CP + fever + L pleural effusion + patchy LLL airspace disease + pericardial effusion several weeks post-MI or CABG
• DBAs: pacer leads in RA
• Arrowhead: pacer leads in RV
R SUBPULMONIC EFFUSION
• Elevated R Hd - actual R Hd blocked by pleural fluid over it (A-SBA)
• Blunted right costophrenic sulcus (A-SWA)
• Blunted posterior costophrenic sulcus (B-SWA)
• Apparent Hd rounded posteriorly, but changes contour as effusion interfaces with L side major fissure (B-SBA)
R SUBPULMONIC EFFUSION
• Elevated R Hd – actual R Hd blocked by pleural fluid over it (A-SBA)
• Blunted right costophrenic sulcus (A-SWA)
• Blunted posterior costophrenic sulcus (B-SWA)
• Apparent Hd rounded posteriorly, but changes contour as effusion interfaces with L side major fissure (B-SBA)
L SUBPULMONIC EFFUSION
• >1 cm between air in stomach and apparent L Hd (A-DBA)
• A: Edge btwn aerated lung & dotted white arrow isn’t actual L Hd (L Hd invisible due to pleural fluid above), but interface btwn effusion & lung base
• Blunted left costophrenic sulcus (SWAs)
• Apparent Hd rounded posteriorly, but changes contour as effusion interfaces w/major fissure (B-SBA)
BLUNTING OF R POSTERIOR COSTOPHRENIC SULCUS 
• Posterior CP sulcus blunted first, w/75 mL fl in pleural space (SWA)
• Normal, sharp posterior CP angle visible opposite side (SBA)
• Normal L Hd silhouetted by heart anteriorly, indicating it's L Hd (DBA)
• Pleural effusion on R side
BLUNTING OF R POSTERIOR COSTOPHRENIC SULCUS
• Posterior CP sulcus blunted first, w/75 mL fl in pleural space (SWA)
• Normal, sharp posterior CP angle visible opposite side (SBA)
• Normal L Hd silhouetted by heart anteriorly, indicating it’s L Hd (DBA)
• Pleural effusion on R side
NML & BLUNTED R LATERAL COSTOPHRENIC ANGLE
• A - SBA: lateral costophrenic angle created when Hd makes sharp, acute angle as it meets lateral chest wall on frontal
• A - SWA: normally aerated lung extends to inner margin of each rib
• B - SBA: lateral costophrenic sulcus loses acute angulation, becomes blunted when effusion reaches 300 mL volume
NML & BLUNTED R LATERAL COSTOPHRENIC ANGLE
• A – SBA: lateral costophrenic angle created when Hd makes sharp, acute angle as it meets lateral chest wall on frontal
• A – SWA: normally aerated lung extends to inner margin of each rib
• B – SBA: lateral costophrenic sulcus loses acute angulation, becomes blunted when effusion reaches 300 mL volume
SCARRING PRODUCING BLUNTING OF L COSTOPHRENIC ANGLE
• SBA:
SCARRING PRODUCING BLUNTING OF L COSTOPHRENIC ANGLE
• SBA: “Ski slope appearance” – blunting from scars (infection, surgery, blood in pleural space)
• Fibrosis won’t change in appearance or location with change in patient position
R PLEURAL EFFUSION, MENISCOID APPEARANCE
• Effusion usually ascends more laterally than medially (A-SBA) on frontal because of natural elastic recoil (A-SWA)
• Lateral - fluid ascends same amount anteriorly & posteriorly, forming U-shaped, meniscoid density (B-SWA)
R PLEURAL EFFUSION, MENISCOID APPEARANCE
• Effusion usually ascends more laterally than medially (A-SBA) on frontal because of natural elastic recoil (A-SWA)
• Lateral – fluid ascends same amount anteriorly & posteriorly, forming U-shaped, meniscoid density (B-SWA)
EFFECT OF PATIENT POSITIONING
• A - SBA: Recumbent - R-sided effusion layers along posterior pleural surface, produces
EFFECT OF PATIENT POSITIONING
• A – SBA: Recumbent – R-sided effusion layers along posterior pleural surface, produces “haze” over entire hemithorax, densest at base, less dense toward apex of lung
• B – SWA: Same pt, few minutes later in upright position – pleural fluid falls to base of thoracic cavity from gravity
• X-ray in same position each time
DECUBITUS VIEWS OF CHEST
• A: Right lateral decubitus - horizontal beam PA
• A - SBA: free-flowing pleural fluid layers along right side - bandlike density
• A - DBA: Fluid in minor fissure
• B: Left lateral decubitus (same pt)
• B - SBA: Free fluid on left side layers along left lateral chest wall
• Dx: pleural effusions from lymphoma
DECUBITUS VIEWS OF CHEST
• A: Right lateral decubitus – horizontal beam PA
• A – SBA: free-flowing pleural fluid layers along right side – bandlike density
• A – DBA: Fluid in minor fissure
• B: Left lateral decubitus (same pt)
• B – SBA: Free fluid on left side layers along left lateral chest wall
• Dx: pleural effusions from lymphoma
LARGE L PLEURAL EFFUSION
• Left Ht completely opacified
• SBA: trachea - shifted away from opacification
• DBA: heart - shifted away from opacification
• Shifting away = characteristic of large pleural effusion - acts like mass
• Adults: 2L fluid required to fill/almost fill entire Ht
LARGE L PLEURAL EFFUSION
• Left Ht completely opacified
• SBA: trachea – shifted away from opacification
• DBA: heart – shifted away from opacification
• Shifting away = characteristic of large pleural effusion – acts like mass
• Adults: 2L fluid required to fill/almost fill entire Ht
LOCULATED PLEURAL EFFUSIONS
• A - SBA: pleural-based soft tissue density in RU lung field = loculated pleural effusion
• B - SWA: pleural-based soft tissue density in RU lung field = loculated pleural effusion
• Suspect loculated effusion when effusion has unusual shape or location in thorax (ex. effusion remains at apex even if pt upright)
LOCULATED PLEURAL EFFUSIONS
• A – SBA: pleural-based soft tissue density in RU lung field = loculated pleural effusion
• B – SWA: pleural-based soft tissue density in RU lung field = loculated pleural effusion
• Suspect loculated effusion when effusion has unusual shape or location in thorax (ex. effusion remains at apex even if pt upright)
PSEUDOTUMOR IN MINOR FISSURE
• Sharply marginated pleural fluid collection between layers of minor fissure produce characteristic lenticular shape
• Pointed ends where insinuate into fissure, so pseudotumors look like lemon 
• Almost always in CHF pts, disappearing w/CHF treatment, reappeas when recurs
PSEUDOTUMOR IN MINOR FISSURE
• Sharply marginated pleural fluid collection between layers of minor fissure produce characteristic lenticular shape
• Pointed ends where insinuate into fissure, so pseudotumors look like lemon
• Almost always in CHF pts, disappearing w/CHF treatment, reappeas when recurs
NORMAL VS LAMINAR PLEURAL EFFUSION
• Normal - normally aerated lung extends to inner margin of ribs (A-SWA)
• Sharp costophrenic sulcus (A-CBA)
• Thin band of increased density extends superiorly from base, but doesn't blunt costophrenic angle = laminar pleural effusion (B-SWA)
• Costophrenic angle (B-SBA)
• Laminar pleural effusion most often associated with CHF or lymphangitic spread of malignancy in lung
• Dx: CHF
NORMAL VS LAMINAR PLEURAL EFFUSION
• Normal – normally aerated lung extends to inner margin of ribs (A-SWA)
• Sharp costophrenic sulcus (A-CBA)
• Thin band of increased density extends superiorly from base, but doesn’t blunt costophrenic angle = laminar pleural effusion (B-SWA)
• Costophrenic angle (B-SBA)
• Laminar pleural effusion most often associated with CHF or lymphangitic spread of malignancy in lung
• Dx: CHF
HYDROPNEUMOTHORAX
• A-SBA, B-SWA: air-fluid level in Ht - marked by straight edge; sharp, air-over-fluid interface (horizontal beam)
• Causes: surgery, trauma, recent thoracentesis, bronchopleural fistulae
• Dx: R-side stab wound - actually a hemopneumothorax, but can't distinguish on CXR between blood & other fluid
• Pleural tap to define pleural fluid
HYDROPNEUMOTHORAX
• A-SBA, B-SWA: air-fluid level in Ht – marked by straight edge; sharp, air-over-fluid interface (horizontal beam)
• Causes: surgery, trauma, recent thoracentesis, bronchopleural fistulae
• Dx: R-side stab wound – actually a hemopneumothorax, but can’t distinguish on CXR between blood & other fluid
• Pleural tap to define pleural fluid
LUL PNA
• Air bronchograms - seen centrally in airspace disease (SWA)
• Homogeneous density except air bronchograms
• Outer edges fluffy, poorly marginated (characteristic of airspace disease) (DWA)
LUL PNA
• Air bronchograms – seen centrally in airspace disease (SWA)
• Homogeneous density except air bronchograms
• Outer edges fluffy, poorly marginated (characteristic of airspace disease) (DWA)
LINGULAR PNA
• Airspace in lingular segments of LUL
• Homogeneous density
• SBA: L lateral border of heart silhouetted by fluid density of consolidated UL with heart
LINGULAR PNA
• Airspace in lingular segments of LUL
• Homogeneous density
• SBA: L lateral border of heart silhouetted by fluid density of consolidated UL with heart
RUL PNEUMOCOCCAL PNA
• Airspace disease in entire RUL
• SWA: Minor/horizontal fissure makes sharp margin on inferior aspect of PNA
• SBA: border of ascending aorta where fluid-density of PNA silhouettes it
RUL PNEUMOCOCCAL PNA
• Airspace disease in entire RUL
• SWA: Minor/horizontal fissure makes sharp margin on inferior aspect of PNA
• SBA: border of ascending aorta where fluid-density of PNA silhouettes it
STAPHYLOCOCCAL BRONCHOPNEUMONIA
• Irr. marginated patches airspace disease, both lungs - typical bronchopneumonia distribution/appearance (SWA)
• Spreads from tracheobronchial tree to multiple foci in lung (often involves several segments)
• Lung segments not bound by fissures - so margins of segmental PNAs are fluffy, indistinct
• No air bronchograms - inflammatory exudate fills bronchi and surrounding airspaces
STAPHYLOCOCCAL BRONCHOPNEUMONIA
• Irr. marginated patches airspace disease, both lungs – typical bronchopneumonia distribution/appearance (SWA)
• Spreads from tracheobronchial tree to multiple foci in lung (often involves several segments)
• Lung segments not bound by fissures – so margins of segmental PNAs are fluffy, indistinct
• No air bronchograms – inflammatory exudate fills bronchi and surrounding airspaces
PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII (JIROVECI) PNA (PCP)
• Diffuse interstitial, primarily reticular, lung dz
• No pleural effusions (would be in pulmonary interstitial edema
• No evidence of sarcoidosis (no hilar adenopathy)
• Pt has hx AIDS
PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII (JIROVECI) PNA (PCP)
• Diffuse interstitial, primarily reticular, lung dz
• No pleural effusions (would be in pulmonary interstitial edema
• No evidence of sarcoidosis (no hilar adenopathy)
• Pt has hx AIDS
ROUND PNA
• SWA: soft tissue density, round appearance, right midlung field, characteristic of round PNA
• MC in children, often from Haemophilus, streptococcal, or pneumococcal infxn
• Pt - infant
ROUND PNA
• SWA: soft tissue density, round appearance, right midlung field, characteristic of round PNA
• MC in children, often from Haemophilus, streptococcal, or pneumococcal infxn
• Pt – infant
PRIMARY TB
• SWA: prominence of L hilum from L hilar adenopathy
• Primary TB affects UL slightly more than LLs
• Airspace disease can be associated w/ipsilateral hilar adenopathy (esp. in children) and large, usually unilateral pleural effusions (esp. in adults)
• Unilateral hilar adenopathy can be only manifestation of primary infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis
PRIMARY TB
• SWA: prominence of L hilum from L hilar adenopathy
• Primary TB affects UL slightly more than LLs
• Airspace disease can be associated w/ipsilateral hilar adenopathy (esp. in children) and large, usually unilateral pleural effusions (esp. in adults)
• Unilateral hilar adenopathy can be only manifestation of primary infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis
POST-PRIMARY TB (reactivation tuberculosis)
• SWA: cavitary PNA ULs
• SBA: Lucencies (cavities) throughout airspace dz in RUL
• Cavitary UL PNA presumed TB until proven otherwise
• DWA: Airspace disease in lingula
POST-PRIMARY TB (reactivation tuberculosis)
• SWA: cavitary PNA ULs
• SBA: Lucencies (cavities) throughout airspace dz in RUL
• Cavitary UL PNA presumed TB until proven otherwise
• DWA: Airspace disease in lingula
MILIARY TB
• Multiple small nodules in L lung (BC)
• Visible when 1 mm or larger
• Miliary TB will clear quickly with appropriate tx, doesn't calcify
MILIARY TB
• Multiple small nodules in L lung (BC)
• Visible when 1 mm or larger
• Miliary TB will clear quickly with appropriate tx, doesn’t calcify
ASPIRATION, LLs
• SBA: LL airspace dz in pt that aspirated
• Affects most dependent parts of lung - LLs if upright, superior LLs and posterior ULs most involved
• Usually clears w/in 24-48 hours
ASPIRATION, LLs
• SBA: LL airspace dz in pt that aspirated
• Affects most dependent parts of lung – LLs if upright, superior LLs and posterior ULs most involved
• Usually clears w/in 24-48 hours
SPINE SIGN
• SBA: RLL airspace disease
• Thoracic spine usually gets blacker from neck to diaphragm
• SWA: RLL PNA superimposed on lower spine makes spine appear whiter (more dense) above diaphragm (spine sign)
SPINE SIGN
• SBA: RLL airspace disease
• Thoracic spine usually gets blacker from neck to diaphragm
• SWA: RLL PNA superimposed on lower spine makes spine appear whiter (more dense) above diaphragm (spine sign)
LOBAR PNA
• A:RUL - sharp margin PNA obscures (silhouettes) ascending aorta (RA)
• B: RML - disease silhouettes R heart border (BA)
• C: disease silhouettes right Hd (BA)
• C: R heart border (DBA)
• D: LUL - dz poorly marginated (WA)
• D: obscured aortic knob (BA)
• E : dz silhouettes L heart border (SBA)
• E: L Hd (DBA)
• F: disease obscures L Hd (DBA)
• F: L heart border (SBA)
LOBAR PNA
• A:RUL – sharp margin PNA obscures (silhouettes) ascending aorta (RA)
• B: RML – disease silhouettes R heart border (BA)
• C: disease silhouettes right Hd (BA)
• C: R heart border (DBA)
• D: LUL – dz poorly marginated (WA)
• D: obscured aortic knob (BA)
• E : dz silhouettes L heart border (SBA)
• E: L Hd (DBA)
• F: disease obscures L Hd (DBA)
• F: L heart border (SBA)
RESOLVING PNA IN LINGULA
• PNA, esp. pneumococcal, can resolve in 2-3d if sensitive to abx given
• A & B taken 4 days apart
• Vacuolize (resolve from within), disappear in patchy fashion over days-weeks
• Consider neoplasm if present more than a few weeks, preventing drainage
RESOLVING PNA IN LINGULA
• PNA, esp. pneumococcal, can resolve in 2-3d if sensitive to abx given
• A & B taken 4 days apart
• Vacuolize (resolve from within), disappear in patchy fashion over days-weeks
• Consider neoplasm if present more than a few weeks, preventing drainage
VISCERAL PLEURAL LINE IN PTX
• SWA: visceral pleural line
• Air in pleural space ? pleura retracts to hilum along with collapsing lung
• Visceral pleura visible as thin, white line with air outlining both sides
VISCERAL PLEURAL LINE IN PTX
• SWA: visceral pleural line
• Air in pleural space ? pleura retracts to hilum along with collapsing lung
• Visceral pleura visible as thin, white line with air outlining both sides
PTX 
• SWA: Curve of visceral pleural line
• DWA: Curve of chest wall
• Visceral pleural line parallel to curve of chest wall differentiates PTX from artifacts, other diseases that mimic PTX
• Lung on side of PTX remains lucent until it loses almost all its normal volume, then appears opaque
• White stars: subcutaneous emphysema (air in soft tissues) of L lateral chest wall
• Dx: stab wound
PTX
• SWA: Curve of visceral pleural line
• DWA: Curve of chest wall
• Visceral pleural line parallel to curve of chest wall differentiates PTX from artifacts, other diseases that mimic PTX
• Lung on side of PTX remains lucent until it loses almost all its normal volume, then appears opaque
• White stars: subcutaneous emphysema (air in soft tissues) of L lateral chest wall
• Dx: stab wound
PTX WITH PLEURAL ADHESIONS
• Lung markings seen distal to visceral pleural line, if pleural adhesions present on CXR
• Pleural adhesions keep PTX from collapsing lung (SWA)
• Pleural adhesions (A-SBA)
• Pleural adhesions holding lung against parietal pleural (B-SBA)
• Lung (B-SWA)
• Adhesions MC due to prior infection or blood in pleural space
PTX WITH PLEURAL ADHESIONS
• Lung markings seen distal to visceral pleural line, if pleural adhesions present on CXR
• Pleural adhesions keep PTX from collapsing lung (SWA)
• Pleural adhesions (A-SBA)
• Pleural adhesions holding lung against parietal pleural (B-SBA)
• Lung (B-SWA)
• Adhesions MC due to prior infection or blood in pleural space
DEEP SULCUS SIGN
• SBA: When supine, air in large PTX collects anteriorly/inferiorly in thorax, manifests by displacing costophrenic sulcus inferiorly, while producing increased lucency of that sulcus (deep sulcus sign)
• Sign of PTX on supine CXR
• SWA: right sulcus - not as low as L costophrenic sulcus
DEEP SULCUS SIGN
• SBA: When supine, air in large PTX collects anteriorly/inferiorly in thorax, manifests by displacing costophrenic sulcus inferiorly, while producing increased lucency of that sulcus (deep sulcus sign)
• Sign of PTX on supine CXR
• SWA: right sulcus – not as low as L costophrenic sulcus
BULLOUS DISEASE, RUL 
• SWA: white line in RUL, no lung markings peripheral to it
• Line is convex away from chest wall, doesn't parallel chest wall curve
• Classic appearance of bulla of emphysema
• Placing CT into bulla almost always causes PTX that can be hard to re-expand
• DWA: walls of several bullae
• Vanishing lung syndrome: bullae so large that Ht seems devoid of visible lung tissue
BULLOUS DISEASE, RUL
• SWA: white line in RUL, no lung markings peripheral to it
• Line is convex away from chest wall, doesn’t parallel chest wall curve
• Classic appearance of bulla of emphysema
• Placing CT into bulla almost always causes PTX that can be hard to re-expand
• DWA: walls of several bullae
• Vanishing lung syndrome: bullae so large that Ht seems devoid of visible lung tissue
R - BULLOUS DISEASE; L - PTX
• Axial CT section
• DWA: bullous disease with border convex away from chest wall
• SWA: PTX with border convex toward and paralleling chest wall
• SBA: subcutaneous emphysema
R – BULLOUS DISEASE; L – PTX
• Axial CT section
• DWA: bullous disease with border convex away from chest wall
• SWA: PTX with border convex toward and paralleling chest wall
• SBA: subcutaneous emphysema
SKIN FOLD MIMICKING PTX
• A - DWA: skin fold in expected position of PTX - may parallel CW as chest wall (Left image)
• B - SWA: PTX - thin white line of visceral pleura
• Skin folds produce thicker, white bands of density
• Skin fold = edge; visceral pleura = line
SKIN FOLD MIMICKING PTX
• A – DWA: skin fold in expected position of PTX – may parallel CW as chest wall (Left image)
• B – SWA: PTX – thin white line of visceral pleura
• Skin folds produce thicker, white bands of density
• Skin fold = edge; visceral pleura = line
SCAPULAR EDGE MIMICKING PTX
• SWA: medial border of scapula, superimposed on upper lung field - may mimic PTX
• Identify medial border of scapula before diagnosing PTX
SCAPULAR EDGE MIMICKING PTX
• SWA: medial border of scapula, superimposed on upper lung field – may mimic PTX
• Identify medial border of scapula before diagnosing PTX
PTX WITH NO SHIFT
• SWA: Large L PTX - with no shift of heart or trachea to right
• SBA: SQ emphysema in region of left shoulder
• Bullet superimposed on heart
PTX WITH NO SHIFT
• SWA: Large L PTX – with no shift of heart or trachea to right
• SBA: SQ emphysema in region of left shoulder
• Bullet superimposed on heart
LG LEFT-SIDED TENSION PTX
• SWA: L lung almost totally compressed
• SBA: trachea; trachea and heart shifted to right
• DWA: L Hd depressed due to increased L intrathoracic pressure
LG LEFT-SIDED TENSION PTX
• SWA: L lung almost totally compressed
• SBA: trachea; trachea and heart shifted to right
• DWA: L Hd depressed due to increased L intrathoracic pressure
BILATERAL PTXs
• Smaller PTX may only be visible on chest CT
• SWA: bilateral pneumothoraces
• Air rises to highest point (pt supin in CT)
• SBA: extensive subcutaneous emphysema, developed from air leak from chest tube inserted earlier
BILATERAL PTXs
• Smaller PTX may only be visible on chest CT
• SWA: bilateral pneumothoraces
• Air rises to highest point (pt supin in CT)
• SBA: extensive subcutaneous emphysema, developed from air leak from chest tube inserted earlier
PULMONARY INTERSTITIAL EMPHYSEMA
• SWA: air surrounding pulmonary arteries
• Air from ruptured alveolus in asthma pt; tracked back to hilum, produced pneumomediastinum and SQ emphysema
• DWA: bilateral, basilar PTXs
PULMONARY INTERSTITIAL EMPHYSEMA
• SWA: air surrounding pulmonary arteries
• Air from ruptured alveolus in asthma pt; tracked back to hilum, produced pneumomediastinum and SQ emphysema
• DWA: bilateral, basilar PTXs
PNEUMOMEDIASTINUM, PNEUMOPERICARDIUM, SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA 
• SWA: streaky white densities extending to neck - produced by air from pneumomediastinum tracking back to hila, then into mediastinum
• DBA: SQ emphysema in neck
• SBA: pneumopericardium - unusual in adults - air usually only enters pericardium by direct penetration
• Air in pericardial space isn't extending above reflections of aorta and pulmonary artery
• Pneumomediastinum does extend above great vessels, normally
PNEUMOMEDIASTINUM, PNEUMOPERICARDIUM, SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA
• SWA: streaky white densities extending to neck – produced by air from pneumomediastinum tracking back to hila, then into mediastinum
• DBA: SQ emphysema in neck
• SBA: pneumopericardium – unusual in adults – air usually only enters pericardium by direct penetration
• Air in pericardial space isn’t extending above reflections of aorta and pulmonary artery
• Pneumomediastinum does extend above great vessels, normally
CONTINUOUS DIAPHRAGM SIGN OF PNEUMOMEDIASTINUM
• A – SBA: air outlines central part of diaphragm under heart -> unbroken diaphragmatic contour extending from one lateral chest wall to other = continuous diaphragm sign
• Diaphragm not normally visible in center of chest because no air in mediastinum and soft tissue density of heart rests upon and silhouettes soft tissue density of diaphragm
• B – SBA: pneumomediastinum ourlining central portion of diaphragm
• B – SWA: remainder of pneumomediastinum extending superior to great vessels
PNEUMOPERICARDIUM
• SWA: visible parietal percardium outlining air around heart in pericardial space - indicates pneumopericardium
• Air does not extend above reflection of aorta and main pulmonary artery
• Pneumopericardium in adults usually from trauma
PNEUMOPERICARDIUM
• SWA: visible parietal percardium outlining air around heart in pericardial space – indicates pneumopericardium
• Air does not extend above reflection of aorta and main pulmonary artery
• Pneumopericardium in adults usually from trauma
SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA
• SWA: air dissecting along muscle bundles looks comblike, striated
SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA
• SWA: air dissecting along muscle bundles looks comblike, striated
CARDIOTHORACIC RATIO
• UDA: widest diameter of heart
• LDA: widest internal diameter of thoracic cage from inside rib to inside rib - usually at diaphragm level
• Cardiothoracic ratio should be <50% in normal adults
CARDIOTHORACIC RATIO
• UDA: widest diameter of heart
• LDA: widest internal diameter of thoracic cage from inside rib to inside rib – usually at diaphragm level
• Cardiothoracic ratio should be <50% in normal adults
SMALL AND LARGE PERICARDIAL EFFUSIONS
• A - SWA: fluid accumulating in dependent portions of pericardial space, posterior to LV in supine position
• B - DWA: larger effusion fills pericardial space, encircles heart
• CXR may show enlarged cardiac silhouette but can't differentiate density of ehart from effusion
SMALL AND LARGE PERICARDIAL EFFUSIONS
• A – SWA: fluid accumulating in dependent portions of pericardial space, posterior to LV in supine position
• B – DWA: larger effusion fills pericardial space, encircles heart
• CXR may show enlarged cardiac silhouette but can’t differentiate density of ehart from effusion
ENLARGEMENT OF CARDIAC SILHOUETTE
• Post heart border overlapping thoracic spine
• Lateral projection - confirm enlargement
ENLARGEMENT OF CARDIAC SILHOUETTE
• Post heart border overlapping thoracic spine
• Lateral projection – confirm enlargement
NORMAL INFANT CHEST
• Cardiothoracic ratio up to 65% 
• Assessment of cardiac enlargement in infant should consider other factors such as appearance of pulmonary vasculature, associated S/S (such as a murmur, tachycardia, or cyanosis)
NORMAL INFANT CHEST
• Cardiothoracic ratio up to 65%
• Assessment of cardiac enlargement in infant should consider other factors such as appearance of pulmonary vasculature, associated S/S (such as a murmur, tachycardia, or cyanosis)
NORMAL THYMUS
• May overlap upper portion of the cardiac silhouette
• Can be mistaken for cardiomegaly in a child
• SWA: thymus often lobulated in appearance
• Usually involves by 3y, may be visible up to 8y
NORMAL THYMUS
• May overlap upper portion of the cardiac silhouette
• Can be mistaken for cardiomegaly in a child
• SWA: thymus often lobulated in appearance
• Usually involves by 3y, may be visible up to 8y
NORMAL CARDIAC CONTOURS
• 7 identifiable cardiac contours on the frontal chest radiograph.
1. R side of heart: first contour = low-density, almost straight edge visible just lateral to trachea, reflecting size of ascending aorta
2. Slight indentation where contour of ascending aorta meets contour of RA, where LA may appear when it enlarges
3. RH border formed by RA
4. First left contour = aortic knob, formed by foreshortened aortic arch superimposed on part of proximal descending aorta
5. Next contour below aortic knob is main pulmonary artery, before it divides into R & L pulmonary artery
6. Just below main pulmonary artery segment, normally a slight indentation where enlarged LA may appear on L side of heart
7. LV forms last contour of heart on the left
• Descending aorta almost disappears with shadow of spine
NORMAL CARDIAC CONTOURS
• 7 identifiable cardiac contours on the frontal chest radiograph.
1. R side of heart: first contour = low-density, almost straight edge visible just lateral to trachea, reflecting size of ascending aorta
2. Slight indentation where contour of ascending aorta meets contour of RA, where LA may appear when it enlarges
3. RH border formed by RA
4. First left contour = aortic knob, formed by foreshortened aortic arch superimposed on part of proximal descending aorta
5. Next contour below aortic knob is main pulmonary artery, before it divides into R & L pulmonary artery
6. Just below main pulmonary artery segment, normally a slight indentation where enlarged LA may appear on L side of heart
7. LV forms last contour of heart on the left
• Descending aorta almost disappears with shadow of spine
AORTA
A: Normal
• SWA: ascending aorta - low-density, almost straight edge, doesn't project beyond R heart border
• DWA: R heart border
• DA - normal aortic knob size
• SBA: descending aorta, almost disappears with shadow of thoracic spin
B: AORTIC STENOSIS (ascending Ao to R)
• SWA: ascending aorta projects almost to RH border (DWA) - dilated from stenosis
• DA: normal aortic knob
• SBA: normal descending aorta
C: HTN (enlarged aortic knob)
• SWA: ascending aorta - too right
• SBA: descending aorta - too left
• DA: enlarged aortic knob
AORTA
A: Normal
• SWA: ascending aorta – low-density, almost straight edge, doesn’t project beyond R heart border
• DWA: R heart border
• DA – normal aortic knob size
• SBA: descending aorta, almost disappears with shadow of thoracic spin
B: AORTIC STENOSIS (ascending Ao to R)
• SWA: ascending aorta projects almost to RH border (DWA) – dilated from stenosis
• DA: normal aortic knob
• SBA: normal descending aorta
C: HTN (enlarged aortic knob)
• SWA: ascending aorta – too right
• SBA: descending aorta – too left
• DA: enlarged aortic knob
NML PULMONARY VASCULATURE
• BC: LL vessels - larger in size than UL vessels in upright position
• WC: UL vessels
• WA: vessels all taper gradually from central to peripheral
NML PULMONARY VASCULATURE
• BC: LL vessels – larger in size than UL vessels in upright position
• WC: UL vessels
• WA: vessels all taper gradually from central to peripheral
STENOTIC VS. REGURGITANT VALVE - HEART SIZE
• A - WA: poststenotic dilatation of ascending aorta present - aortic stenosis
• A - DBDA: heart not enlarged (lesion produces LVH 
• Dx: aortic regurgitation 
• B - SBDA: enlarged LV
STENOTIC VS. REGURGITANT VALVE – HEART SIZE
• A – WA: poststenotic dilatation of ascending aorta present – aortic stenosis
• A – DBDA: heart not enlarged (lesion produces LVH
• Dx: aortic regurgitation
• B – SBDA: enlarged LV
KERLEY B LINES
• White oval: Kerley B lines - 1-2 cm long, 1 mm thick, horizontal lines perpendicular to, abutting pleural surface
• Interlobular septae not visible on normal CXR but become visible with fluid accumulation
KERLEY B LINES
• White oval: Kerley B lines – 1-2 cm long, 1 mm thick, horizontal lines perpendicular to, abutting pleural surface
• Interlobular septae not visible on normal CXR but become visible with fluid accumulation
KERLEY A LINES
• Circle: A lines appear when connective tissue near bronchoarterial bundle distends w/fluid
• Extend several cm from hila in midlung, don't reach periphery of lung like Kerley B lines
• Network of Kerley lines produced in lungs in CHF, producing
KERLEY A LINES
• Circle: A lines appear when connective tissue near bronchoarterial bundle distends w/fluid
• Extend several cm from hila in midlung, don’t reach periphery of lung like Kerley B lines
• Network of Kerley lines produced in lungs in CHF, producing “prominence of pulmonary interstitial markings”
PERIBRONCHIAL CUFFING
• Bronchus normally invisible when seen on-end in lung periphery 
• SWA: bronchial walls, thickened, ringlike densities when seen on-end, caused by fluid accumulation in interstitial tissue around and in wall of a bronchus
• Seen in CHF
• May not always produce perfectly round circles
PERIBRONCHIAL CUFFING
• Bronchus normally invisible when seen on-end in lung periphery
• SWA: bronchial walls, thickened, ringlike densities when seen on-end, caused by fluid accumulation in interstitial tissue around and in wall of a bronchus
• Seen in CHF
• May not always produce perfectly round circles
NORMAL AND FLUID IN FISSURES
• A - SWA: major fissure
• A - DWA: minor fissure
• B - SWA: major fissure - more prominent (fluid collection distends in CHF)
• B - DWA: minor fissure - more prominent (fluid collection distends in CHF)
• When HF clears, returns to normal, but may fibrose if recurs, causing permanent thickening
NORMAL AND FLUID IN FISSURES
• A – SWA: major fissure
• A – DWA: minor fissure
• B – SWA: major fissure – more prominent (fluid collection distends in CHF)
• B – DWA: minor fissure – more prominent (fluid collection distends in CHF)
• When HF clears, returns to normal, but may fibrose if recurs, causing permanent thickening
FLUID IN INFERIOR ACCESSORY FISSURE
• SBA: Thickened inferior accessory fissure - separates medial from other basilar segments of LL; usually not easily seen
• Circle: peribronchial thickening
FLUID IN INFERIOR ACCESSORY FISSURE
• SBA: Thickened inferior accessory fissure – separates medial from other basilar segments of LL; usually not easily seen
• Circle: peribronchial thickening
PLEURAL EFFUSIONS IN CHF
• BAs: bilateral pleural effusions
• Usually bilateral in CHF, may be symmetric, w/right side slightly larger
• Unilateral, L pleural effusion can happen in CHF, but should suspect another cause - ex. metastatic disease
PLEURAL EFFUSIONS IN CHF
• BAs: bilateral pleural effusions
• Usually bilateral in CHF, may be symmetric, w/right side slightly larger
• Unilateral, L pleural effusion can happen in CHF, but should suspect another cause – ex. metastatic disease
BAT-WING OF PULMONARY EDEMA
•CXR findings of pulmonary alveolar edema: fluffy, indistinct, patchy airspace densities, often centrally located and not affecting outer third of lung
• Suggests pulmonary edema vs other airspace diseases such as PNA
• Patterns of cardiogenic and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema overlap
• Absence of pleural effusions, absence of fluid in fissures, and normal-sized heart indicate noncardiogenic cause
• Dx: septic shock from an overwhelming urinary tract infection
BAT-WING OF PULMONARY EDEMA
•CXR findings of pulmonary alveolar edema: fluffy, indistinct, patchy airspace densities, often centrally located and not affecting outer third of lung
• Suggests pulmonary edema vs other airspace diseases such as PNA
• Patterns of cardiogenic and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema overlap
• Absence of pleural effusions, absence of fluid in fissures, and normal-sized heart indicate noncardiogenic cause
• Dx: septic shock from an overwhelming urinary tract infection
CLEARING PULMONARY EDEMA
• Onset and clearance of pulmonary edema area fast
• A: Bilateral, perihilar airspace disease, diffuse prominence of interstitial markings characteristic of pulmonary edema
• B: After 4 days, lungs clear
• ARDS, other coexisting diseases - don't clear as fast
CLEARING PULMONARY EDEMA
• Onset and clearance of pulmonary edema area fast
• A: Bilateral, perihilar airspace disease, diffuse prominence of interstitial markings characteristic of pulmonary edema
• B: After 4 days, lungs clear
• ARDS, other coexisting diseases – don’t clear as fast
REEXPANSION PULMONARY EDEMA
• SBA: unilateral airspace disease affecting entire R lung
• DBA: chest tube for R-sided tension PTX
• Caused by rapid reexpansion of lung that has typically been chronically by PTX or large pleural effusion
REEXPANSION PULMONARY EDEMA
• SBA: unilateral airspace disease affecting entire R lung
• DBA: chest tube for R-sided tension PTX
• Caused by rapid reexpansion of lung that has typically been chronically by PTX or large pleural effusion
NONCARDIOGENIC PULMONARY EDEMA
• SWA: Perihilar distribution of airspace disease similar to cardiogenic pulmonary edema 
• No pleural fluid, fluid in fissures or cardiomegaly
• Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema less likely to have pleural effusions and Kerley B lines, more likely to have a normal pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) of < 12 mm Hg, and more likely to be associated w/normal-sized heart than cardiogenic pulmonary edema
NONCARDIOGENIC PULMONARY EDEMA
• SWA: Perihilar distribution of airspace disease similar to cardiogenic pulmonary edema
• No pleural fluid, fluid in fissures or cardiomegaly
• Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema less likely to have pleural effusions and Kerley B lines, more likely to have a normal pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) of < 12 mm Hg, and more likely to be associated w/normal-sized heart than cardiogenic pulmonary edema
HYPERTENSIVE CV DISEASE
• Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
• DWA: LV slightly enlarged, but other modalities would demonstrate marked concentric hypertrophy of LV wall that has occurred at the expense of the lumen
• SWA: uncoiled aorta, from increased systemic BP
HYPERTENSIVE CV DISEASE
• Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
• DWA: LV slightly enlarged, but other modalities would demonstrate marked concentric hypertrophy of LV wall that has occurred at the expense of the lumen
• SWA: uncoiled aorta, from increased systemic BP
CHRONIC MS WITH TR
• Enlarged LA (SWA)
• UL vessels more prominent - pulmonary venous HTN redistributing flow in lungs (WC)
• RH changes from PA HTN, leading to TR w/enlarged RA (SBA)
CHRONIC MS WITH TR
• Enlarged LA (SWA)
• UL vessels more prominent – pulmonary venous HTN redistributing flow in lungs (WC)
• RH changes from PA HTN, leading to TR w/enlarged RA (SBA)
PULMONARY ARTERIAL HTN
• MPA - main pulmonary artery - usually same diameter as ascending aorta (A)
• This pt has pulmonary artery HTN, so MPA is larger than aorta
• SWA: pruning - rapid attenuation in size of pulmonary arteries seen in pulmonary arterial HTN
PULMONARY ARTERIAL HTN
• MPA – main pulmonary artery – usually same diameter as ascending aorta (A)
• This pt has pulmonary artery HTN, so MPA is larger than aorta
• SWA: pruning – rapid attenuation in size of pulmonary arteries seen in pulmonary arterial HTN
DILATED ALCOHOLIC CARDIOMYOPATHY
• Cardiac silhouette enlarged, mainly from biventricular enlargement
• Frequently associated with CHF
DILATED ALCOHOLIC CARDIOMYOPATHY
• Cardiac silhouette enlarged, mainly from biventricular enlargement
• Frequently associated with CHF
CONSTRICTIVE PERICARDITIS
• SWA: pericardial calcification, probably post-inflammatory
• Presence of pericardial calcificications excludes restrictive cardiomyopathy
CONSTRICTIVE PERICARDITIS
• SWA: pericardial calcification, probably post-inflammatory
• Presence of pericardial calcificications excludes restrictive cardiomyopathy
AORTIC ANEURYSM
• Entire thoracic aorta enlarged 
• Ascending aorta - shouldn't project farther than RH border (SWA)
• RH border (DWA)
• Descending thoracic aorta normally parallels, almost disappears with thoracic spine
• Enlarged descending thoracic aorta swings farther away from spine (DWA)
AORTIC ANEURYSM
• Entire thoracic aorta enlarged
• Ascending aorta – shouldn’t project farther than RH border (SWA)
• RH border (DWA)
• Descending thoracic aorta normally parallels, almost disappears with thoracic spine
• Enlarged descending thoracic aorta swings farther away from spine (DWA)
AORTIC ANEURYSM
• Large mediastinal ST mass - aneurysm of proximal descending aorta (A-SWA)
• Calcification in aneurysm wall - common (B-DWA)
• Contrast mixing w/blood in aorta lumen (SWA)
• Noncontrast-containing thrombus adhered to wall of aorta (B-BA)
AORTIC ANEURYSM
• Large mediastinal ST mass – aneurysm of proximal descending aorta (A-SWA)
• Calcification in aneurysm wall – common (B-DWA)
• Contrast mixing w/blood in aorta lumen (SWA)
• Noncontrast-containing thrombus adhered to wall of aorta (B-BA)
AORTIC DISSECTION
• DBA: widened mediastinum
• SBA: L pleural effusion
• Widened mediastinum + L pleural effusion in pt w/chest pain - signs of aortic dissection
AORTIC DISSECTION
• DBA: widened mediastinum
• SBA: L pleural effusion
• Widened mediastinum + L pleural effusion in pt w/chest pain – signs of aortic dissection
AORTID DISSECTIONS, types A and B.
• A - SBAA: intimal flap crossing ascending and descending aorta - Stanford type A dissection
• B - DWA: Normal-appearing asending aorta
• B - DWA: black line - intimal flap crossing descending aorta
• Intimal flap = characteristic of aortic dissection
• Smaller lumen is usually the real lumen, larger lumen is channel made by blood dissecting through the media
AORTID DISSECTIONS, types A and B.
• A – SBAA: intimal flap crossing ascending and descending aorta – Stanford type A dissection
• B – DWA: Normal-appearing asending aorta
• B – DWA: black line – intimal flap crossing descending aorta
• Intimal flap = characteristic of aortic dissection
• Smaller lumen is usually the real lumen, larger lumen is channel made by blood dissecting through the media
CARDIAC MRI, SHORT AXIS VIEW
• SWA: Interventricular septum, separating RV and LV
• DWA: wall of LV
• A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, SHORT AXIS VIEW
• SWA: Interventricular septum, separating RV and LV
• DWA: wall of LV
• A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, HORIZONTAL LONG AXIS/FOUR-CHAMBER VIEW 
• SWA: interventricular septum separating RV and LV
• Posterior to each - RA and LA
• DWA: tricuspid valve
• SBA: mitral valve
• A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, HORIZONTAL LONG AXIS/FOUR-CHAMBER VIEW
• SWA: interventricular septum separating RV and LV
• Posterior to each – RA and LA
• DWA: tricuspid valve
• SBA: mitral valve
• A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, VERTICAL LONG AXIS/CHAMBER VIEW
• SBA: MV area separating LA from LV
• SWA: pulmonary veins, drain into LA
• Ao = aorta, PA = pulmonary artery, A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, VERTICAL LONG AXIS/CHAMBER VIEW
• SBA: MV area separating LA from LV
• SWA: pulmonary veins, drain into LA
• Ao = aorta, PA = pulmonary artery, A = anterior, P = posterior
CARDIAC MRI, BRIGHT BLOOD AND BLACK BLOOD IMAGES
• Both images axial sections through heart
• SWAs = RV
• DWAs = LV
• Ao = aorta
• A = bright blood technique, used to assess cardiac function
• B = black blood technique - used to depict cardiac morphology
CARDIAC MRI, BRIGHT BLOOD AND BLACK BLOOD IMAGES
• Both images axial sections through heart
• SWAs = RV
• DWAs = LV
• Ao = aorta
• A = bright blood technique, used to assess cardiac function
• B = black blood technique – used to depict cardiac morphology
CARDIAC CT, CORONARY ARTERY CALCIFICATION 
• CT scan of heart w/out IV contrast
• SBAs: calcified plaque in left anterior descending coronary artery
CARDIAC CT, CORONARY ARTERY CALCIFICATION
• CT scan of heart w/out IV contrast
• SBAs: calcified plaque in left anterior descending coronary artery
ETT IN SATISFACTORY POSITION
• SWA: radioopaque marker stripe of ETT (usually wide-bore - 1 cm), no side holes
• DBA: diagonal tip of ETT
• SBA: carina - with head in neutral position, ETT tib should be 3-5 cm away (half distance between medial ends of clavicles and carina
• DWAs: medial ends of clavicles
ETT IN SATISFACTORY POSITION
• SWA: radioopaque marker stripe of ETT (usually wide-bore – 1 cm), no side holes
• DBA: diagonal tip of ETT
• SBA: carina – with head in neutral position, ETT tib should be 3-5 cm away (half distance between medial ends of clavicles and carina
• DWAs: medial ends of clavicles
ETT - OVERINFLATED CUFF
• SBA: ETT - should be 1/3 - ½ width of trachea
• Inflated cuff may fill in but shouldn't distend tracheal lumen
• SWA: Inflated balloon wider than diameter of trachea
ETT – OVERINFLATED CUFF
• SBA: ETT – should be 1/3 – ½ width of trachea
• Inflated cuff may fill in but shouldn’t distend tracheal lumen
• SWA: Inflated balloon wider than diameter of trachea
ETT TOO HIGH
• SWA: tip of ETT - shouldn't be in larynx or pharynx - should be 3 cm below vocal cords
• SBAs: medial ends of clavicles
ETT TOO HIGH
• SWA: tip of ETT – shouldn’t be in larynx or pharynx – should be 3 cm below vocal cords
• SBAs: medial ends of clavicles
TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE - CORRECT POSITION
• Tip should be halfway between stoma (where inserted) and carina (SBA)
• Tracheostomy (DWA)
• Carina (SWA)
TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE – CORRECT POSITION
• Tip should be halfway between stoma (where inserted) and carina (SBA)
• Tracheostomy (DWA)
• Carina (SWA)
SC CVL - CORRECT POSITION
• SWA: CVL - 3 mm - uniformly opaque, no marker stripe
• DBA: medial end of clavicle - CVL should reach here before descending
• SBA: SVC - catheter should descend to right of thoracic spine, with tip in SVC
SC CVL – CORRECT POSITION
• SWA: CVL – 3 mm – uniformly opaque, no marker stripe
• DBA: medial end of clavicle – CVL should reach here before descending
• SBA: SVC – catheter should descend to right of thoracic spine, with tip in SVC
CVL IN IJ
• DWA: subclavian
• SWA: IJ - CVLs most often malpositioned with tips in RA or IJ
CVL IN IJ
• DWA: subclavian
• SWA: IJ – CVLs most often malpositioned with tips in RA or IJ
ARTERIAL PLACEMENT OF CVL
• DWA: medial end of clavicle - catheter doesn't reach here before descending (it should)
• Black circle: catheter tip, oriented over spine, away from SVC
• SWA: SVC
• Suspect arterial placement if flow is pulsatile
ARTERIAL PLACEMENT OF CVL
• DWA: medial end of clavicle – catheter doesn’t reach here before descending (it should)
• Black circle: catheter tip, oriented over spine, away from SVC
• SWA: SVC
• Suspect arterial placement if flow is pulsatile
PICC IN RA
• SBA: PICC line
• Tip should lie within SVC, but may be placed in axillary vein
• BC: tip extends to RA
PICC IN RA
• SBA: PICC line
• Tip should lie within SVC, but may be placed in axillary vein
• BC: tip extends to RA
SWAN-GANZ - CORRECT POSITION
• SBA: Swan-Ganz - same appearance as CVL, but longer
• Inserted via SC or IJ
• BC: tips - floated into proximal R or L pulmonary artery
• Tip should be no more than 2 cm from hilar shadow
SWAN-GANZ – CORRECT POSITION
• SBA: Swan-Ganz – same appearance as CVL, but longer
• Inserted via SC or IJ
• BC: tips – floated into proximal R or L pulmonary artery
• Tip should be no more than 2 cm from hilar shadow
SWAN-GANZ - TIP TOO PERIPHERAL 
• Catheter directed toward R pulmonary artery (SBA)
• Hilar shadow - tip should be within 2 cm of hilar shadow (SWA)
• Tip of catheter - in peripheral branch of R descending pulmonary artery (BC)
• Could cause pulmonary infarct or pseudoaneurysm
SWAN-GANZ – TIP TOO PERIPHERAL
• Catheter directed toward R pulmonary artery (SBA)
• Hilar shadow – tip should be within 2 cm of hilar shadow (SWA)
• Tip of catheter – in peripheral branch of R descending pulmonary artery (BC)
• Could cause pulmonary infarct or pseudoaneurysm
DOUBLE-LUMEN CATHETER, CORRECT POSITION
• DBA: central stripe of large-bore catheter
• SWA: tip for blood withdrawal further from heart than tip for blood return
• SBA: tip for blood return
• R IJ most often used for access
• This cath has two, separate, single-lumen caths, one tip in SVC and other in RA
DOUBLE-LUMEN CATHETER, CORRECT POSITION
• DBA: central stripe of large-bore catheter
• SWA: tip for blood withdrawal further from heart than tip for blood return
• SBA: tip for blood return
• R IJ most often used for access
• This cath has two, separate, single-lumen caths, one tip in SVC and other in RA
CHEST TUBE - CORRECT POSITION
• DBA: side hole of chest tube - stripe breaks at site of side hole
• SWA: ideal position - anterosuperior for evacuating PTX and 
• Ideal position for draining effusion = posterior (work regardless of where positioned)
CHEST TUBE – CORRECT POSITION
• DBA: side hole of chest tube – stripe breaks at site of side hole
• SWA: ideal position – anterosuperior for evacuating PTX and
• Ideal position for draining effusion = posterior (work regardless of where positioned)
SIDE HOLE OF CHEST TUBE OUTSIDE THORAX
• SWA: side holes outside thoracic wall
• SBA: tube kinked as entering chest
• Underlying pleural effusion
• Air leak makes pleural effusion persist
SIDE HOLE OF CHEST TUBE OUTSIDE THORAX
• SWA: side holes outside thoracic wall
• SBA: tube kinked as entering chest
• Underlying pleural effusion
• Air leak makes pleural effusion persist
CHEST TUBE IN FISSURE
• A - SWA: tube oriented along course of right major fissure
• B - SBA: tube oriented along course of right major fissure
CHEST TUBE IN FISSURE
• A – SWA: tube oriented along course of right major fissure
• B – SBA: tube oriented along course of right major fissure
DUAL-LEAD PACER, CORRECT POSITION 
• SWA: pulse generator; usually in L chest wall and 1+ electric leads, usually in SC vein
• SBAs: One lead in apex of RV
• DBAs: One lead in RA
• A - SBA: RV lead projects left of midline
• B - SBA: RV lead projects anteriorly
• RA lead usually curls upward
DUAL-LEAD PACER, CORRECT POSITION
• SWA: pulse generator; usually in L chest wall and 1+ electric leads, usually in SC vein
• SBAs: One lead in apex of RV
• DBAs: One lead in RA
• A – SBA: RV lead projects left of midline
• B – SBA: RV lead projects anteriorly
• RA lead usually curls upward
FRACTURED PACER LEAD
• Fractures usually occur in generator, tip of lead, or site of venous access
• SWA: discontinuity in wire lead in site of venous access to subclavian
• DWA: second, intact lead
FRACTURED PACER LEAD
• Fractures usually occur in generator, tip of lead, or site of venous access
• SWA: discontinuity in wire lead in site of venous access to subclavian
• DWA: second, intact lead
TWIDDLER'S SYNDROME
• SBA: generator rotated on its own axis, curling the leads around
• Retracts tip of electrode from inner wall of RV - pacemaker useless
• SWA: L SC vein - lead retracted into
TWIDDLER’S SYNDROME
• SBA: generator rotated on its own axis, curling the leads around
• Retracts tip of electrode from inner wall of RV – pacemaker useless
• SWA: L SC vein – lead retracted into
AICD
• SBA: electrode in SVC - may also be placed in brachiocephalic vein
• BC: tip of lead in RA
• DBA: electrode tip in apex of RV
AICD
• SBA: electrode in SVC – may also be placed in brachiocephalic vein
• BC: tip of lead in RA
• DBA: electrode tip in apex of RV
INTRAAORTIC COUNTERPULSATION BALOOON PUMP (IABP)
• SBA: small, linear metallic marker of device in region of descending thoracic aorta
• Tip should be distal to LSC artery to not occlude it
• SWA: aortic knob - tip is 1 cm away
• Metallic marker can point slightly toward R in the area of the arch
INTRAAORTIC COUNTERPULSATION BALOOON PUMP (IABP)
• SBA: small, linear metallic marker of device in region of descending thoracic aorta
• Tip should be distal to LSC artery to not occlude it
• SWA: aortic knob – tip is 1 cm away
• Metallic marker can point slightly toward R in the area of the arch
NGT IN STOMACH
• SWA: tip of NG tube - radiopaque stripe,
NGT IN STOMACH
• SWA: tip of NG tube – radiopaque stripe, “breaks” in position of side hole, 1-0 cm from tip
• Tip and all side holes of tube should extend ~10 cm into stomach
NGT IN RLL BRONCHUS
• MC malpositioned of all tubes/lines - usually coiling in esophagus
• SBA: NG tube - entered trachea instead of esophagus
• WC: tip in RLL
• SWA: part of NG tube outside patient is superimposed on chest (so are heart monitor leads)
NGT IN RLL BRONCHUS
• MC malpositioned of all tubes/lines – usually coiling in esophagus
• SBA: NG tube – entered trachea instead of esophagus
• WC: tip in RLL
• SWA: part of NG tube outside patient is superimposed on chest (so are heart monitor leads)
DOBBHOFF IN DUODENUM
• Tip should be in duodenum 
• SWA: weighted, metallic end
• SBA: Dobhoff enters stomach
• DBA: duodenal sweep
• SBA: junction of L Hd and L side of thoracic spine (L cardiophrenic angle) - usual place
DOBBHOFF IN DUODENUM
• Tip should be in duodenum
• SWA: weighted, metallic end
• SBA: Dobhoff enters stomach
• DBA: duodenal sweep
• SBA: junction of L Hd and L side of thoracic spine (L cardiophrenic angle) – usual place
DOBBHOFF IN L & RLL BRONCHI
• DBA: Dobhoff enters trachea
• DWA: Dobhoff in LLL bronchi
• SBA: coiled back on itself to cross midline
• SWA: Dobhoff in RLL
DOBBHOFF IN L & RLL BRONCHI
• DBA: Dobhoff enters trachea
• DWA: Dobhoff in LLL bronchi
• SBA: coiled back on itself to cross midline
• SWA: Dobhoff in RLL
WINDOWING THE THORAX
• A - lung window - lung parenchyma, bronchial anatomy
• B - mediastinal window - mediastinal, hilar, pleural structures
• C - bone window
WINDOWING THE THORAX
• A – lung window – lung parenchyma, bronchial anatomy
• B – mediastinal window – mediastinal, hilar, pleural structures
• C – bone window
FIVE-VESSEL LEVEL
• SWA: esophagus
• Venous structures more anterior than arterial
• SVC to the right of trachea
• Brachiocephalic vein posterior to sternum
• From pt's right to pt's left, Inominate artery, left common Carotid, left Subclavian
FIVE-VESSEL LEVEL
• SWA: esophagus
• Venous structures more anterior than arterial
• SVC to the right of trachea
• Brachiocephalic vein posterior to sternum
• From pt’s right to pt’s left, Inominate artery, left common Carotid, left Subclavian
AORTIC ARCH LEVEL (A) mediastinal window and (B) lung window
• Aortic arch (AA), superior vena cava (S) and azygous vein (A (T = trachea)
AORTIC ARCH LEVEL (A) mediastinal window and (B) lung window
• Aortic arch (AA), superior vena cava (S) and azygous vein (A (T = trachea)
• A: Trachea (T), ascending (AA) and descending aorta (DA), SVC (S), possibly uppermost aspect of L pulmonary artery (P)
• SWA: aortopulmonary window: usually space visible just under arch of aorta and above pulmonary 
• SBA: aortic valve
• SWA: left atrial appendage 
• WC: origin of the great vessels
• A: Trachea (T), ascending (AA) and descending aorta (DA), SVC (S), possibly uppermost aspect of L pulmonary artery (P)
• SWA: aortopulmonary window: usually space visible just under arch of aorta and above pulmonary
• SBA: aortic valve
• SWA: left atrial appendage
• WC: origin of the great vessels
MAIN PULMONARY ARTERY LEVEL (A) mediastinal window and (B) lung window
• A: main (MPA), right (RPA), and left pulmonary a (LPA), right (RB) and left main bronchi (LB). 
• L pulmonary artery higher than R, appears as continuation of main pulmonary artery
• R pulmonary artery originates at 90° angle to main pulmonary artery, crosses to right side
• B: bronchus intermedius (BI) - distal to the takeoff of the right upper lobe bronchus
• SWA: posterior wall of RUL bronchus is 2-3 mm thick, with only lung posterior to it 
• AA = ascending aorta; DA = descending aorta; S = SVC
MAIN PULMONARY ARTERY LEVEL (A) mediastinal window and (B) lung window
• A: main (MPA), right (RPA), and left pulmonary a (LPA), right (RB) and left main bronchi (LB).
• L pulmonary artery higher than R, appears as continuation of main pulmonary artery
• R pulmonary artery originates at 90° angle to main pulmonary artery, crosses to right side
• B: bronchus intermedius (BI) – distal to the takeoff of the right upper lobe bronchus
• SWA: posterior wall of RUL bronchus is 2-3 mm thick, with only lung posterior to it
• AA = ascending aorta; DA = descending aorta; S = SVC
HIGH CARDIAC LEVEL
• LA occupies posterior and central portion of heart
• SWA: 1+ pulmonary veins enter LA
• RA produces right heart border, lies anteriorly/to the right of LA
• RVOT: right ventricular outflow tract - lies anterior, lateral and superior to root of the aorta (Ao)
• DA = descending thoracic aorta; LV = left ventricle
HIGH CARDIAC LEVEL
• LA occupies posterior and central portion of heart
• SWA: 1+ pulmonary veins enter LA
• RA produces right heart border, lies anteriorly/to the right of LA
• RVOT: right ventricular outflow tract – lies anterior, lateral and superior to root of the aorta (Ao)
• DA = descending thoracic aorta; LV = left ventricle
LOW CARDIAC LEVEL
• RA forms right heart border
• RV anteriorly located, just behind sternum
• LV produces left heart border
• SBA: IV septum RV & LV
• SWA: epicardial fat, on inner surface of pericardium; mediastinal fat lines outside of pericardium
• DA = descending thoracic aorta
LOW CARDIAC LEVEL
• RA forms right heart border
• RV anteriorly located, just behind sternum
• LV produces left heart border
• SBA: IV septum RV & LV
• SWA: epicardial fat, on inner surface of pericardium; mediastinal fat lines outside of pericardium
• DA = descending thoracic aorta
MINOR AND MAJOR FISSURES
• A - SWA: major fissures - shown as thin white lines or by avascular band 2 cm thick produced as through lungs from posterosuperior to anteroinferior
• B - SWA: Minor fissure in same plane as axial CT - not normally visible, but can be inferred by avascular zone between RUL and RML
• DWA: major fissure
MINOR AND MAJOR FISSURES
• A – SWA: major fissures – shown as thin white lines or by avascular band 2 cm thick produced as through lungs from posterosuperior to anteroinferior
• B – SWA: Minor fissure in same plane as axial CT – not normally visible, but can be inferred by avascular zone between RUL and RML
• DWA: major fissure
Fissures seen on coronal and sagittal reformatted views
• A - SWA: minor fissure - thin white line on coronal view of RL
• A - DWA: major fissure - travels obliquely image plane, seen as avascular zone
• B - SWA: minor fissure 
• B - DWA: major fissure
Fissures seen on coronal and sagittal reformatted views
• A – SWA: minor fissure – thin white line on coronal view of RL
• A – DWA: major fissure – travels obliquely image plane, seen as avascular zone
• B – SWA: minor fissure
• B – DWA: major fissure
CORONARY ARTERY CALCIFICATION
•SWA: dense calcification in L anterior descending coronary artery arising from aorta (A)
CORONARY ARTERY CALCIFICATION
•SWA: dense calcification in L anterior descending coronary artery arising from aorta (A)
NORMAL LIVER
• DBA: ligamentum teres - divides left lobe of liver into medial (M) and lateral segment (L) with larger right lobe (R) lying more posterior
• Portal vein (PV) lies just posterior to hepatic artery
• SWA: splenic artery - follows pancreas (P) toward spleen (S)
• Inferior vena cava (IVC) lies to right of aorta (A)
NORMAL LIVER
• DBA: ligamentum teres – divides left lobe of liver into medial (M) and lateral segment (L) with larger right lobe (R) lying more posterior
• Portal vein (PV) lies just posterior to hepatic artery
• SWA: splenic artery – follows pancreas (P) toward spleen (S)
• Inferior vena cava (IVC) lies to right of aorta (A)
NORMAL PANCREAS
• A - Thick WA: body of pancreas
• A - Thin WA: splenic artery
• A - DWA: adrenal glands
• A - BA: gallbladder
• B - Thick WA: head of pancreas
NORMAL PANCREAS
• A – Thick WA: body of pancreas
• A – Thin WA: splenic artery
• A – DWA: adrenal glands
• A – BA: gallbladder
• B – Thick WA: head of pancreas
NORMAL KIDNEYS
• Kidneys (K) lie in renal fossae bilaterally
• DBA: Normal renal pelvis, containing fat, occupies central portion of the kidneys
• SBA: right renal artery runs posterior to inferior vena cava (IVC)
• DWA: left renal vein lies anterior to left renal artery
• SWA: left renal artery
• A = abdominal aorta
NORMAL KIDNEYS
• Kidneys (K) lie in renal fossae bilaterally
• DBA: Normal renal pelvis, containing fat, occupies central portion of the kidneys
• SBA: right renal artery runs posterior to inferior vena cava (IVC)
• DWA: left renal vein lies anterior to left renal artery
• SWA: left renal artery
• A = abdominal aorta
NORMAL BOWEL
• Contrast fills nondilated lumen of small bowel (< 2.5 cm)
• WA: small bowel wall - thin - normally almost invisible 
• BAs: terminal ileum - recognized by the fat-containing
NORMAL BOWEL
• Contrast fills nondilated lumen of small bowel (< 2.5 cm) • WA: small bowel wall - thin - normally almost invisible • BAs: terminal ileum - recognized by the fat-containing "lips" of ileocecal valve outlined w/contrast
NORMAL BLADDER
• Urinary bladder (B) with unopacified urine in early image of contrast-enhanced pelvic CT 
• SWAs: bladder wall - thin, of equal thickness around the circumference of bladder
• DWA: rectum - posterior to bladder
NORMAL BLADDER
• Urinary bladder (B) with unopacified urine in early image of contrast-enhanced pelvic CT
• SWAs: bladder wall – thin, of equal thickness around the circumference of bladder
• DWA: rectum – posterior to bladder
MEDIASTINUM
• Three compartments: anterior, middle, and posterior
• DBO: Anterior mediastinum: back of sternum to anterior border of heart and great vessels 
• SWO: Middle mediastinum: anterior border of heart and aorta to posterior border of heart and origins of great vessels 
• SBO: Posterior mediastinum: posterior border of heart to anterior border of vertebral column (for practical purposes, considered to extend into paravertebral gutters)
MEDIASTINUM
• Three compartments: anterior, middle, and posterior
• DBO: Anterior mediastinum: back of sternum to anterior border of heart and great vessels
• SWO: Middle mediastinum: anterior border of heart and aorta to posterior border of heart and origins of great vessels
• SBO: Posterior mediastinum: posterior border of heart to anterior border of vertebral column (for practical purposes, considered to extend into paravertebral gutters)
SUBSTERNAL THYROID MASS
• WO: lower pole of thyroid enlarged, projects downward into upper thorax rather than anteriorly into neck
• SWA: top of aortic arch - substernal thyroid goiters produce mediastinal masses that don't extend below this
• SBA: trachea, usually displaced by substernal goiters either to left or right above aortic knob (other anterior mediastinal masses don't do this)
• Think of enlarged substernal thyroid goiter whenever anterior mediastinal mass displaces trachea
SUBSTERNAL THYROID MASS
• WO: lower pole of thyroid enlarged, projects downward into upper thorax rather than anteriorly into neck
• SWA: top of aortic arch – substernal thyroid goiters produce mediastinal masses that don’t extend below this
• SBA: trachea, usually displaced by substernal goiters either to left or right above aortic knob (other anterior mediastinal masses don’t do this)
• Think of enlarged substernal thyroid goiter whenever anterior mediastinal mass displaces trachea
SUBSTERNAL THYROID GOITER, W/ AND W/OUT CONTRAST
• These are two images at the same level in a patient who was scanned both before (A) and after IV contrast 
• SWA: substernal thyroid masses contiguous with thyroid gland
• DWA: calcification in mass
• SWA: avidly take up IV contrast, but w/mottled, inhomogeneous appearance 
• Trachea (T) displaced slightly to L
SUBSTERNAL THYROID GOITER, W/ AND W/OUT CONTRAST
• These are two images at the same level in a patient who was scanned both before (A) and after IV contrast
• SWA: substernal thyroid masses contiguous with thyroid gland
• DWA: calcification in mass
• SWA: avidly take up IV contrast, but w/mottled, inhomogeneous appearance
• Trachea (T) displaced slightly to L
MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY FROM HODGKIN DISEASE
• Lymphadenopathy with lobulated/polycyclic border from enlarged nodes (SWA)
• Finding may help differentiate lymphadenopathy from other mediastinal masses
• DWA: bilateral mediastinal lymphadenopathy, usual in Hodgkin disease is usually bilateral, often asymmetric
MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY FROM HODGKIN DISEASE
• Lymphadenopathy with lobulated/polycyclic border from enlarged nodes (SWA)
• Finding may help differentiate lymphadenopathy from other mediastinal masses
• DWA: bilateral mediastinal lymphadenopathy, usual in Hodgkin disease is usually bilateral, often asymmetric
ANTERIOR MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY IN HODGKIN DISEASE
• SWA: lymphomas produce multiple, lobulated soft-tissue masses or a large soft-tissue mass from node aggregation
• Mass usually homogeneous in density, but may be heterogeneous when nodes large enough to undergo necrosis (areas of low attenuation, i.e., blacker) or hemorrhage (areas of high attenuation, i.e., whiter)
• SVC compressed by nodes, ascending (A) and descending aorta (Ao) typically less so
ANTERIOR MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY IN HODGKIN DISEASE
• SWA: lymphomas produce multiple, lobulated soft-tissue masses or a large soft-tissue mass from node aggregation
• Mass usually homogeneous in density, but may be heterogeneous when nodes large enough to undergo necrosis (areas of low attenuation, i.e., blacker) or hemorrhage (areas of high attenuation, i.e., whiter)
• SVC compressed by nodes, ascending (A) and descending aorta (Ao) typically less so
THYMOMA
• Thymomas: neoplasms of thymic epithelium & lymphocytes, MC in middle-aged, usually older age than teratoma
• A - SBA: smoothly marginated anterior mediastinal mass 
• B - SWA: Contrast-enhanced CT confirms anterior mediastinal location, homogeneous density of mass
• Dx: myasthenia gravis, improved following resection of thymoma
• A = ascending aorta; Ao = descending aorta; PA = main pulmonary artery; SVC = superior vena cava
THYMOMA
• Thymomas: neoplasms of thymic epithelium & lymphocytes, MC in middle-aged, usually older age than teratoma
• A – SBA: smoothly marginated anterior mediastinal mass
• B – SWA: Contrast-enhanced CT confirms anterior mediastinal location, homogeneous density of mass
• Dx: myasthenia gravis, improved following resection of thymoma
• A = ascending aorta; Ao = descending aorta; PA = main pulmonary artery; SVC = superior vena cava
MEDIASTINAL TERATOMA
• Teratomas: germinal tumors, typically contain all 3 germ layers
• Often discovered at younger age than thymomas
• SWA: cystic = MC variety 
• Usually produce well-marginated mass near origin of great vessels
• SBA: fat
• DWA: bone
• On CT, usually contain fat, cartilage, sometimes bone
MEDIASTINAL TERATOMA
• Teratomas: germinal tumors, typically contain all 3 germ layers
• Often discovered at younger age than thymomas
• SWA: cystic = MC variety
• Usually produce well-marginated mass near origin of great vessels
• SBA: fat
• DWA: bone
• On CT, usually contain fat, cartilage, sometimes bone
MIDDLE MEDIASTINAL LYMPHADENOPATHY
• A - SWA: mediastinal mass
• B - SBA: mediastinal mass
• B - DWA: mass pushing trachea forward
• Lymphoma = MCC adenopathy in middle mediastinum
• Also produced by other malignancies (small cell lung carcinoma, metastatic disease, several benign diseases)
MIDDLE MEDIASTINAL LYMPHADENOPATHY
• A – SWA: mediastinal mass
• B – SBA: mediastinal mass
• B – DWA: mass pushing trachea forward
• Lymphoma = MCC adenopathy in middle mediastinum
• Also produced by other malignancies (small cell lung carcinoma, metastatic disease, several benign diseases)
NEUROFIBROMATOSIS
• Can occur as isolated tumor arising from Schwann cell of nerve sheath or as part of syndrome neurofibromatosis
• SWAs: large, posterior mediastinal neurofibroma in right paravertebral gutter
NEUROFIBROMATOSIS
• Can occur as isolated tumor arising from Schwann cell of nerve sheath or as part of syndrome neurofibromatosis
• SWAs: large, posterior mediastinal neurofibroma in right paravertebral gutter
RIB-NOTCHING AND DUMBBELL-SHAPED NEUROFIBROMA
• Ribbon Ribs - notching/wavy appearance from erosions along inferior rib borders produced by plexiform neurofibromas (A-SWA)
• Neurofibroma enlarging neural foramen, eroding half of vertebral body (B-SBA)
• DWA: dumbbell-shaped lesion arising from spinal canal but projects through foramen into mediastinum
RIB-NOTCHING AND DUMBBELL-SHAPED NEUROFIBROMA
• Ribbon Ribs – notching/wavy appearance from erosions along inferior rib borders produced by plexiform neurofibromas (A-SWA)
• Neurofibroma enlarging neural foramen, eroding half of vertebral body (B-SBA)
• DWA: dumbbell-shaped lesion arising from spinal canal but projects through foramen into mediastinum
SCALLOPING OF VERTEBRAL BODIES IN NEUROFIBROMATOSIS
• Neurocutaneous disorder associated with skeletal dysplasia
• May be numerous associated skeletal abnormalities
• SBA: scalloping of posterior vertebral bodies - especially in thoracic or lumbar spine 
• Produced by diverticula of thecal sac, caused by dysplasia of meninges ? erosion of adjacent bone through pulsations transmitted via spinal fluid
SCALLOPING OF VERTEBRAL BODIES IN NEUROFIBROMATOSIS
• Neurocutaneous disorder associated with skeletal dysplasia
• May be numerous associated skeletal abnormalities
• SBA: scalloping of posterior vertebral bodies – especially in thoracic or lumbar spine
• Produced by diverticula of thecal sac, caused by dysplasia of meninges ? erosion of adjacent bone through pulsations transmitted via spinal fluid
SOLITARY PULMONARY NODULE
• S&DWA: 1.8 cm nodule in RUL
• Whether benign or malignant depends on lesion size, availability of prior imaging studies (show growth over time), PET scan
• Dx: adenocarcinoma of lung
SOLITARY PULMONARY NODULE
• S: 1.8 cm nodule in RUL
• Whether benign or malignant depends on lesion size, availability of prior imaging studies (show growth over time), PET scan
• Dx: adenocarcinoma of lung
RUL BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA
• SWA: 3.2 cm spiculated mass in RUL
• Large size and irregular margins indicate malignant process
• Dx: percutaneous biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma of lung
RUL BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA
• SWA: 3.2 cm spiculated mass in RUL
• Large size and irregular margins indicate malignant process
• Dx: percutaneous biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma of lung
CALCIFIED TUBERCULOSIS GRANULOMAS, AND HISTOPLASMOMA
• Heavily calcified pulmonary nodules usually benign
• Homogenously calcified TB granuloma - common sequelae of prior, usually subclinical, TB infection (A-BCs)
• Histoplasmoma (B)
• Central/
CALCIFIED TUBERCULOSIS GRANULOMAS, AND HISTOPLASMOMA
• Heavily calcified pulmonary nodules usually benign
• Homogenously calcified TB granuloma – common sequelae of prior, usually subclinical, TB infection (A-BCs)
• Histoplasmoma (B)
• Central/”target” calcification; may have laminated calcification – diagnostic (BA)
• CT to differentiate between calcified and noncalcified pulmonary nodule w/greater sensitivity than CXR
HAMARTOMA OF THE LUNG
• Peripherally located tumors of disorganized lung tissue, usually contain fat and calcification on CT 
• SWA: Popcorn Calcification - classical calcification of hamartoma 
• Small island of soft tissue in middle of the right lung (D) - uppermost part of R Hd
HAMARTOMA OF THE LUNG
• Peripherally located tumors of disorganized lung tissue, usually contain fat and calcification on CT
• SWA: Popcorn Calcification – classical calcification of hamartoma
• Small island of soft tissue in middle of the right lung (D) – uppermost part of R Hd
CAVITARY BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA
• SWA: large, cavitating neoplasm w/thick wall in RUL
• Spiculated outer margin
• SBAs: nodular internal contour of cavity 
• Cavitating malignancy - this was SCC
CAVITARY BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA
• SWA: large, cavitating neoplasm w/thick wall in RUL
• Spiculated outer margin
• SBAs: nodular internal contour of cavity
• Cavitating malignancy – this was SCC
PANCOAST TUMOR, RUL
• SWA: large, soft tissue mass -R lung apex
• SBA: rib destruction
• DWA: ribs intact on normal left side
• Apical soft tissue mass with associated rib destruction classic for Pancoast or superior sulcus tumor
PANCOAST TUMOR, RUL
• SWA: large, soft tissue mass -R lung apex
• SBA: rib destruction
• DWA: ribs intact on normal left side
• Apical soft tissue mass with associated rib destruction classic for Pancoast or superior sulcus tumor
BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA WITH HILAR AND MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY
• Peripheral lung mass (SBAs)
• Evidence of ipsilateral hilar and mediastinal adenopathy (SWAs)
• Contralateral mediastinal adenopathy (DWA)
• Bronchogenic carcinoma may present w/metastatic lesions that can manifest in distant organs or in thorax itself
• Dx: adenocarcinoma of lung
BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA WITH HILAR AND MEDIASTINAL ADENOPATHY
• Peripheral lung mass (SBAs)
• Evidence of ipsilateral hilar and mediastinal adenopathy (SWAs)
• Contralateral mediastinal adenopathy (DWA)
• Bronchogenic carcinoma may present w/metastatic lesions that can manifest in distant organs or in thorax itself
• Dx: adenocarcinoma of lung
BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA WITH LYMPHANGETIC SPREAD OF TUMOR
• Extensive hilar, mediastinal adenopathy from lung carcinoma (SBA)
• Prominent interstitial markings R lung
• Thick septal lines (Kerley B lines) (SWA)
• R pleural effusion (DBA)
BRONCHOGENIC CARCINOMA WITH LYMPHANGETIC SPREAD OF TUMOR
• Extensive hilar, mediastinal adenopathy from lung carcinoma (SBA)
• Prominent interstitial markings R lung
• Thick septal lines (Kerley B lines) (SWA)
• R pleural effusion (DBA)
HAMPTOM HUMP
• DWA: Hampton Hump - wedge-shaped, peripheral air-space density, associated with filling defects in both 
• SWAs: R and L pulmonary arteries 
• Without associated emboli present, pleural-based airspace disease DDx includes PNA, lung contusion, aspiration
HAMPTOM HUMP
• DWA: Hampton Hump – wedge-shaped, peripheral air-space density, associated with filling defects in both
• SWAs: R and L pulmonary arteries
• Without associated emboli present, pleural-based airspace disease DDx includes PNA, lung contusion, aspiration
SADDLE & PERIPHERAL PE
• Acute PEs appear as partial or complete filling defects centrally located w/in contrast-enhanced lumina of pulmonary arteries
• SW&BAs: Saddle embolus - large pulmonary embolus, almost completely fills both pulmonary arteries 
• DWA: small, central filling defect in a more peripheral pulmonary
SADDLE & PERIPHERAL PE
• Acute PEs appear as partial or complete filling defects centrally located w/in contrast-enhanced lumina of pulmonary arteries
• SW: Saddle embolus – large pulmonary embolus, almost completely fills both pulmonary arteries
• DWA: small, central filling defect in a more peripheral pulmonary
TYPES OF EMPHYSEMA
• A-SWA: CENTRIACINAR (centrilobular): focal destruction - bronchioles, central portions of acinus; assoc w/ smoking, most severe in ULs
• B: PANACINAR (panlobular) emphysema: entire alveolus distal to terminal bronchiole; most severe in lower lung zones; usually w/homozygous alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency
• C: PARASEPTAL emphysema: least common form; distal airway structures, alveolar ducts, sacs; usually subpleural, may cause PTX
TYPES OF EMPHYSEMA
• A-SWA: CENTRIACINAR (centrilobular): focal destruction – bronchioles, central portions of acinus; assoc w/ smoking, most severe in ULs
• B: PANACINAR (panlobular) emphysema: entire alveolus distal to terminal bronchiole; most severe in lower lung zones; usually w/homozygous alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency
• C: PARASEPTAL emphysema: least common form; distal airway structures, alveolar ducts, sacs; usually subpleural, may cause PTX
EMPHYSEMA
• Prominent pulmonary arteries 2° pulmonary arterial HTN (A - SWA)
• Flattened diaphragm (B - SWA)
• Increased retrosternal clear space (B-DWA)
• Hyperlucency of lungs with less than normal normal vascular markings
• CXR findings of COPD: hyperinflation, flattening of diaphragm, especially on lateral exposure
EMPHYSEMA
• Prominent pulmonary arteries 2° pulmonary arterial HTN (A – SWA)
• Flattened diaphragm (B – SWA)
• Increased retrosternal clear space (B-DWA)
• Hyperlucency of lungs with less than normal normal vascular markings
• CXR findings of COPD: hyperinflation, flattening of diaphragm, especially on lateral exposure
INFECTED BULLA
• A - SWA: several thin-walled, but air-containing, bullae in right upper lobe
• B - DWA: several weeks later, one of the bullae contains both fluid and air
• B - SBA: fluid and air in bulla
• Bullae normally contain air but can become partially or completely fluid-filled from infection or hemorrhage
INFECTED BULLA
• A – SWA: several thin-walled, but air-containing, bullae in right upper lobe
• B – DWA: several weeks later, one of the bullae contains both fluid and air
• B – SBA: fluid and air in bulla
• Bullae normally contain air but can become partially or completely fluid-filled from infection or hemorrhage
BULLOUS DISEASE
• SWA: bullae – typically contain no blood vessels but septae may appear to traverse the bulla
• Bullae measure > 1 cm in size
• They have a very thin wall, often only partially visible on CXR
• CT demonstrates them more easily – on CXR, presence often inferred by localized paucity of lung markings
CYSTS (pneumatocoeles) IN PNEUMOCYSTIS PNA (PCP).
• SWAs: multiple cysts in upper lobes
• Cysts visible on CXR in 10% of patients with PCP, but far more frequently with CT scans (up to 1 in 3 patients)
• May occur in the acute or postinfective phase of disease
CYSTS (pneumatocoeles) IN PNEUMOCYSTIS PNA (PCP).
• SWAs: multiple cysts in upper lobes
• Cysts visible on CXR in 10% of patients with PCP, but far more frequently with CT scans (up to 1 in 3 patients)
• May occur in the acute or postinfective phase of disease
CAVITARY LESIONS
• 3 of MC cavitary lung lesions often differentiated by thickness of cavity wall, smoothness/nodularity of inner margin
• A - SWA: cavity w/thick wall (squamous cell bronchogenic carcinoma)
• A - SBA: nodular interior margin
• B - SWA: relatively thin-walled, upper lobe cavity with smooth inner margin (TB)
• C - SWA: thickened wall of staphylococcal lung abscess
• C - SBA: very small cavity with smooth inner
CAVITARY LESIONS
• 3 of MC cavitary lung lesions often differentiated by thickness of cavity wall, smoothness/nodularity of inner margin
• A – SWA: cavity w/thick wall (squamous cell bronchogenic carcinoma)
• A – SBA: nodular interior margin
• B – SWA: relatively thin-walled, upper lobe cavity with smooth inner margin (TB)
• C – SWA: thickened wall of staphylococcal lung abscess
• C – SBA: very small cavity with smooth inner
BRONCHIECTASIS CF
• SBA: Tram Tracks - parallel line opacities on CXR due to thickened walls of dilated bronchi
• SWA: cystic bronchiectasis - cystic lesions as large as 2 cm in diameter 
• Bilateral upper lobe bronchiectasis in children highly suggestive of cystic fibrosis
BRONCHIECTASIS CF
• SBA: Tram Tracks – parallel line opacities on CXR due to thickened walls of dilated bronchi
• SWA: cystic bronchiectasis – cystic lesions as large as 2 cm in diameter
• Bilateral upper lobe bronchiectasis in children highly suggestive of cystic fibrosis
BRONCHIECTASIS
• A-SWA: Signet-Ring Sign - thickened bronchus wall, becomes larger than associated pulmonary artery (opposite of normal)
• A - DWA: associated pulmonary artery
• B - SWA: Tram Tracking (parallel line opacities from thickened walls of dilated bronchi), thickened walls, failure to taper normally
• CT is the study of choice in diagnosing bronchiectasis
BRONCHIECTASIS
• A-SWA: Signet-Ring Sign – thickened bronchus wall, becomes larger than associated pulmonary artery (opposite of normal)
• A – DWA: associated pulmonary artery
• B – SWA: Tram Tracking (parallel line opacities from thickened walls of dilated bronchi), thickened walls, failure to taper normally
• CT is the study of choice in diagnosing bronchiectasis

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