This atlas of chest imaging is a collection of interesting chest radiographs and computed tomograms (CTs) of the chest. The readings of the films are meant to be illustrative of specific, major findings. The associated text is not intended as a comprehensive assessment of the images.
EXAMPLES OF NORMAL IMAGING
Normal chest radiograph—review of anatomy. 1. Trachea. 2. Carina. 3. Right atrium. 4. Right hemidiaphragm. 5. Aortic knob. 6. Left hilum. 7. Left ventricle. 8. Left hemidiaphragm (with stomach bubble). 9. Retrosternal clear space. 10. Right ventricle. 11. Left hemidiaphragm (with stomach bubble). 12. Left upper lobe bronchus.
Normal chest tomogram—note anatomy. 1. Superior vena cava. 2. Trachea. 3. Aortic arch. 4. Ascending aorta. 5. Right mainstem bronchus. 6. Descending aorta. 7. Left mainstem bronchus. 8. Main pulmonary artery. 9. Heart. 10. Esophagus. 11. Pericardium. 12. Descending aorta.
CT scan demonstrating left upper lobe collapse. The patient was found to have an endobronchial lesion (not visible on the CT scan) resulting in this finding. The superior vena cava (black arrow) is partially opacified by intravenous contrast.
CT scan revealing chronic left lower lobe collapse. Note dramatic volume loss with minimal aeration. There is subtle mediastinal shift to the left.
Left upper lobe scarring with hilar retraction with less prominent scarring in right upper lobe as well. Findings consistent with previous tuberculosis infection in an immigrant from Ecuador.
Apical scarring, traction bronchiectasis (red arrow), and decreased lung volume consistent with previous tuberculosis infection. Findings most significant in left lung.
Chest radiograph demonstrating right upper lobe collapse (yellow arrow). Note the volume loss as demonstrated by the elevated right hemidiaphragm as well as mediastinal shift to the right. Also apparent on the film are an endotracheal tube (red arrow) and a central venous catheter (black arrow).
Opacity in the right upper lobe. Note the volume loss as indicated by the elevation of the right hemidiaphragm, elevation of minor fissure (yellow arrow), and deviation of the trachea to the ...