Radiology is an important part of clinical work for all doctors, whether it be understanding which type of imaging would be most useful, knowing how best to request the study or interpreting the images.
Unfortunately it is often an overlooked subject in the medical school curriculum, which many medical students and junior doctors find difficult and daunting.
The award winning The Unofficial Guide to Radiology aims to remedy this by providing a comprehensive overview of radiology relevant for medical students and clinical doctors. A large part of the book is devoted to X-ray interpretation, a key skill for students and doctors alike. A systematic approach to chest, abdominal and orthopaedic X-rays assessment is supplemented by over 100 cases to help hone your technique. The book also covers the basic science around X-ray production, relevant legislation and how to request radiological tests.
Since its release, The Unofficial Guide to Radiology has consistently been one of the best selling medical textbooks on Amazon, and is the winner of the British Institute of Radiology PHILIPS Trainee Prize for Excellence 2015. Its content is in line with the Royal College of Radiologists’ (UK) Undergraduate Radiology Curriculum 2012, written by both radiologists and clinicians, and reviewed by a panel of medical students to ensure it is relevant to today’s medical students and doctors.
Written in line with the other books in the series, stations contain:
Chest, abdominal and orthopaedic X-ray chapters each has 20 cases covering common and important diagnoses.
- X-rays are presented in the context of a clinical scenario – ‘Present your findings’ and come to your own conclusions before turning over the page to reveal a model X-ray report accompanied by a fully annotated version of the X-ray
- Each case has 5 clinical and radiology-related radiology-related multiple choice questions with detailed answers. These are aimed to test core knowledge needed for exams and working life, and illustrate how the X-ray findings will influence patient management.
Radiology Registrar,Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh;
Honorary Clinical Tutor, University of Edinburgh, UK
With this textbook, we hope you will become more confident and competent in these radiology competencies, both in exams and in clinical practice, and we also hope that this is just the beginning.We want you to get involved, this textbook has been a collaboration with junior doctors and students just like you. You have the power to contribute something valuable to medicine; we welcome your suggestions and would love for you to get in touch.
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In Summary – This chest X-ray shows a largeright pneumothorax. There is no evidence of associated tension. There is no underlying cause discernible on this X-ray, suggesting that this is a primary spontaneous pneumothorax
|Check patient details (name, date, birth, hospital number).||N|
|Check the date of the X-ray||N|
|Identify the projection of the X-ray||N|
|Assess technical quality of X-ray (rotation, inspiration, penetration)||N|
|Describe any obvious abnormality||N|
|Site (lung and zone/lobe)||N|
|Size (if relevant)||N|
|Shape (if relevant)||N|
Systematic Review of the X-ray
|Position of trachea||N|
|Assessment of lungs||N|
|Size and appearance of hila||N|
|Assess for cardiomegaly||N|
|Assess cardiac and mediastinal borders and cardiophrenic angles||N|
|Position and appearance of hemidiaphragms||N|
|Evidence of pneumoperitoneum (free air under the diaphragm)||N|
|Assess the imaged skeleton||N|
|Assess the imaged soft tissues (e.g. surgical emphysema, mastectomy)||N|
|Comment on iatrogenic abnormalities||N|
|Look at review areas (apices, hila, behind the heart, costrophrenic angles, under the diaphragm)||N|
|Review relevant previous imaging if appropriate||N|
|Provide a differential diagnosis where appropriate||N|
|Suggest further appropriate imaging/investigations if relevant||N|
This is a PA chest X-ray of an adult.There are no identifying markings – I would like to ensure that this is the correct patient, and to check when the X-ray was taken.
The patient is slightly rotated; this is otherwise a technically adequate X-ray with adequate penetration and good inspiratory effort. No important areas are cut off at the edges of the film.
There is an obvious abnormality in the right hemithorax: a line can clearly be seen with absence of lung markings beyond it, in keeping with a lung edge.
The aerated right lung is otherwise normal in appearance.
The trachea and mediastinum are not deviated, and the right hemidiaphragm is not flattened.
Reviewing the rest of the film, the left lung is normal.
The heart is not enlarged, heartborders are clear, and there is no abnormality visible behind the heart.
There is minor blunting of the costophrenic angles which may represent small volumes of pleural effusion.
The hemidiaphragms are clear.
There is no free air under the diaphragm.
There are no soft tissue abnormalities or fractures; in particular, no rib fractures are visible.
- Which of the following are risk factors for a primary spontaneous pneumothorax?
- Male gender
- Marfan’s syndrome
- Which of the following clinical findings would be supportive of a large simple right sided pneumothorax?
- Central trachea. Dull percussion and reduced air entry on the right side of the chest
- Central trachea. Dull percussion with bronchial breathing and crackles on the right side of the chest
- Central trachea. Hyperresonant percussion and reduced air entry on the right side of the chest
- Central trachea. Hyperresonant percussion and reduced air entry onthe left side of the chest
- Trachea deviated to the left. Hyperresonant percussion and reduced air entry on the right side of the chest. Hypotensive, tachycardic
- Which of the following are appropriate differential diagnoses for a patient who presents with sudden breathlessness?
- Pulmonary embolus
- Heart failure
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