Thoracic Imaging

  • Javier Campos
  • Kalpaj R. Parekh


Radiological images play an important role during the evaluation of patients undergoing thoracic surgery. Radiological studies must be reviewed, including a posterior–anterior chest radiograph and computed tomography scan of the chest. Special emphasis should be given to mediastinal mass with compromise to the airway or great vessels by reviewing the computed tomography scan of the chest. Multidetector computed tomography (CT) scan and tracheobronchial reconstruction are more specific studies in the thoracic surgical patient, and allow measurements of the airway. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides greater contrast resolution than CT scans and offers the potential for tissue characterization. An MRI is indicated in selected cases, i.e., mediastinal mass with invasion of the superior vena cava.


Acute Lung Injury Chest Radiograph Chest Tube Mediastinal Mass Pleural Space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Campos
    • 1
  • Kalpaj R. Parekh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity of Iowa Health Care, Roy and Lucille Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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