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Crit Care Clin. 2007 Jul;23(3):539-73.

Thoracic imaging in the ICU.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Thoracic Imaging Section, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, Post Office Box 208042, New Haven, CT 06520, USA. ami.rubinowitz@yale.edu

Abstract

Imaging in the ICU plays a crucial role in patient care. The portable chest radiograph (CXR) is the most commonly requested radiographic examination, and, despite its limitations, it often reveals abnormalities that may not be detected clinically. Recent advances in CT technology have made it possible to obtain diagnostic-quality images even in the most dyspneic patient. This article reviews the significant contribution thoracic imaging makes in diagnosing and managing critically ill patients.

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17900484
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2007.06.001
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