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Imaging The Lungs Notes

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NORMAL RADIOLOGY OF THE THORAX Normal ventro-dorsal view. Normal right lateral view

A = aorta B = caudal vena cava C = trachea D = left diaphragmatic crus E = right diaphragmatic crus F = cardiac silhouette

PLEURAL CAVITY ABNORMALITIES Pleural fluid (pleural effusion) Types

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"Transudate" Blood Lymph Exudate (pyothorax)


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5. Homogeneous opacity in ventral thorax (frequently "scalloped" lung edges) Partial/complete loss of heart/diaphragm shadow Interlobar fissures seen (fluid between lung lobes) Fluid in thoracolumbar recess in caudodorsal thorax (N.B. normal reflection of lungs in cats) Fluid opacity between lungs and thoracic wall in VD/DV

Pneumothorax Signs

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Lucent space between the heart shadow and sternum Lung lobes retracted from the thoracic borders, with no lung markings at the periphery Increased lung opacity (collapse) Film has an overall overexposed appearance


1. Small lucent space between heart and sternum in deepchested dogs at peak inspiration

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