Category: Radiology

Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax is defined as the abnormal collection of air between the visceral and parietal space of the lung i.e. the pleural space. It typically presents with acute shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain and is more common in those with damaged or stretched lungs. Despite clear cut guidelines from BTS, real-life management varies considerably

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Applying to Radiology

Radiology is a very exciting and innovative field of medicine. Radiologists have such an important role in the investigation of a patient’s condition and the field is becoming increasingly popular. In this article, we discuss what is great about radiology, how you can apply and how to put in a competitive application. Why Radiology? Now

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Abdominal X-rays

The advantages of AXRs are far less radiation to patients & that they’re logistically easy to organise out of hours. Unlike CTs they do not need to be discussed with the on-call radiologist but they aren’t reported as quickly therefore it is crucial you can interpret them. The most common indication for an AXR is

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Requesting scans

Requesting scans can be a scary daily occurrence for new doctors. It is one of few times where you liaise directly with a consultant. Introduction When requesting scans, there are two simple questions you have to ask yourself: Why have I been asked to request this particular scan for this particular patient? How will it

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Chest X-Rays

In this article, we focus on the interpretation of a CXR. Have a low threshold to request one as they provide a lot of information with minimal radiation. Typically, if the patient is unwell enough to require admission, then the benefits of CXR outweigh the risks. Common scenarios to order a CXR Any suspicion of

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