Chad Miller

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Foramen of Morgagni Hernia

Preliminary Diagnosis: Foramen of Morgagni Hernia I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Chest X-ray, PA, and lateral view. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing a foramen of morgagni hernia. Advantages Highly portable. Exposes patients to minimal ionizing radiation.Continue Reading Relatively inexpensive imaging modality. Plain radiography is sensitive…

Foramen of Bochdalek hernia

Preliminary Diagnosis: Foramen of Bochdalek Hernia I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Chest X-ray, PA, and lateral view. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing foramen of bochdalek hernia? Advantages Relatively inexpensive and highly portable imaging modality. Exposes patients to minimal ionizing radiation.Continue Reading Plain radiography is highly…

Esophageal Rupture

Preliminary Diagnosis: Esophageal Rupture I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? PA and lateral view of the chest and abdomen. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing esophageal rupture. Advantages Relatively inexpensive imaging modality. Highly portable imaging modality.Continue Reading Exposes patients to negligible radiation. Disadvantages Less sensitive and specific…

Esophageal adenocarcinoma

Preliminary Diagnosis: Esophageal Adenocarcinoma I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Double contrasted fluoroscopic-guided examination of the esophagus using effervescent crystals and thick liquid barium II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Advantages Highly portable and quick imaging modality May allow for good detail of the…

Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia

Preliminary Diagnosis: Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Chest X-ray, PA, and lateral view. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. Advantages Inexpensive. Fast imaging modality.Continue Reading Exposes patients to minimal ionizing radiation. Highly portable. Disadvantages Less sensitive and specific in detailing…

Cor Pulmonale

Preliminary Diagnosis: Cor Pulmonale I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? 2-D echocardiography. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing cor pulmonale. Advantages Does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. Highly sensitive and specific in detecting cardiac abnormalities and detailing the source of abnormality (valvular, pericardial, vascular).Continue Reading Able…

Chylothorax

Preliminary Diagnosis: Chylothorax I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Plain radiographs II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of chylothorax. Advantages Sensitive for a pleural effusion often found on the left side Quick InexpensiveContinue Reading Minimal exposure to ionizing radiation Disadvantage Cannot assess contents of pleural fluid or…

Cholesterol Emboli Syndrome

Preliminary Diagnosis: Cholesterol Emboli Syndrome I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? CT with intravenous contrast II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of cholesterol emboli syndrome. Advantages Specific to identify calcified and soft plaque using thin slices and reconstructions Relatively inexpensive Quick procedureContinue Reading Can visualize complications including…

Cervical Disc Protrusion

Preliminary Diagnosis: Cervical Disc Protrusion I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Noncontrast extradural protocol MRI of the cervical spine in patients without a history of prior neck surgery In patients with prior neck surgery, the first-line for diagnosis is a contrast extradural protocol MRI of the cervical spine II. Describe the advantages…

Cervical Spondylosis

Preliminary Diagnosis: Cervical Spondylosis I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Plain radiography of the cervical spin II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. Advantages Easily available Quickly performed Relatively inexpensive compared with other modalitiesContinue Reading Disadvantages Exposure to a small amount of ionizing radiation III.…

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