Chest radiology is very important for diagnosis of many diseases in pulmonary medicine. In order to accurately identify the radiographic pattern of diseases, one needs to be able to understand the basics of chest radiology. Most of this valuable experience is gained at the hospital by interpreting the chest xray or CT scan films and then correlating the findings with the radiologist’s notes. However it is a tedious process and requires lots of commitment. I googled some of the online resources and was able to select some of the resources for chest radiology that are available to all – for free.
This page is maintained by the Department of Radiology at University of Virginia Health Sciences Centre. This page is directed at residents and medical students so that they can learn to interpret chest radiographs confidently. It has sufficient information for beginners to know about the technique of chest radiograph, identify the basic anatomy of thorax, interpret the chest radiograph successfully and locate the abnormality on an X-Ray film.
I like the systematic way in which the whole course is outlined for the readers. The images of chest radiographs are large, allowing visitors to understand what is being shown. This page should be bookmarked by residents and medical students before anything else.
This web page has been edited by W. Carpenter, Ph.D., M.D. of The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, MD USA. This website presents aa good technique of reviewing the Chest X ray film. The appropriate sections of a chest xray film are given along with the discussion making it easier for the readersto grasp the facts.
CT scan sesctions of different thoracic levels are also given at appropriate places.
This is a nice collection of cases that is maintained by Ian Maddison. There is a variety to choose from. The x ray films have been properly grouped according to the patholgy. What I liked the most was the quality of the x ray images. This way it made it easy to look at the images.
This website is “conceived, designed, developed, is published, managed and maintained and its content is produced in its entirety by William Herring, MD, FACR”. I found this website to be a very detailed site dedicated to imaging of body systems. It contains huge information, Infact I could not browse it wholly because of time constraints. In addition to the x ray images of chest diseases, this website also contains lectures in the form of slideshows and notes on different diseases. I liked the brief lectures and notes on chest diseases. Definitely a plus point. This site also contains flashcards for remembering differential diagnoses in chest diseases.
This website contains some very nice radiology tutorials on chest radiology. There is a link to a differential diagnosis “calculator” based on chest xray findings which I found interesting. The tutorials cover the lung anatomy and the malignancies of lung. I even found a link to radiology images for on-call doctors.
Although it is a nice effort, but, the selection of font sizes and colors made it difficult for me to stay at the webpage.
This is no doubt a blessing when it comes to medical imaging. This webpage has tutorials for interpreting a chest x ray film in ICU patients, cross-sectional images of thorax, and High resolution CT scans of chest. I have found this one much more helpful in terms of establishing baseline knowledge when it comes to interpreting the chest radiographs or CT films.
It is a student project from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The cases on this site are presented according to the pattern of the disease. For example all cases with pleural disease come together. Similarly all cases with consolidation are grouped separately. A specific radiographic pattern can be correlated with a CT scan image or other radiologic images.
Each case is divided into different sub sections like clinical history, radiographs, CT scan, Gross Morphology, Histology and then discussion. That way learning is enhanced. I highly recommend this page.
This is a nice collection of X-ray images by Arcot J. Chandrasekhar, MD, FRCP, FACP, FCCP of Loyola University Shicago. The atlas is organized into three sections. Pathology, Diseases and Radiological Signs.
This atlas was the first one that I ever found while searching for chest x-ray images on google and I really liked it. Dr Chandrasekhar also maintains another site which has tutorials on core topics in chest x-ray interpretation.
CT is us is created and maintained by The Advanced Medical Imaging Laboratory (AMIL) The AMIL is part of the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD. This website contains thousands of CT images of body. The CT Chest images can be found here.
Although these resources can augment learning, I believe one actually learns at the workplace. These resources can not be substituted for the actual work experience at the hospital. T
hese are not the only ones on internet. There are large number of websites dedicated to chest radiology. What is your favorite one?
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