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Pulmonary Edema

Preliminary Diagnosis: Pulmonary Edema I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Chest X-ray, PA, and lateral views. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing pulmonary edema. Advantages Relatively inexpensive and fast imaging modality. Highly portable. Exposes patients to minimal ionizing radiation. Plain radiography is highly sensitive. Disadvantages Less adept…

Progressive Multifocal Leukoenceophalopathy

Preliminary Diagnosis: Progressive Multifocal Leukoenceophalopathy I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? MR of the brain with contrast and special demyelinating protocol. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing progressive multifocal leukoenceophalopathy. Advantages Able to delineate subtle and more conspicuous confluent white matter abnormalities often affecting the subcortical white…

Posterior Circulation Stroke

Preliminary Diagnosis: Posterior Circulation Stroke I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Non contrast CT of the head. CTA of the head and neck may also be performed. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing posterior circulation stroke. Advantages Relatively fast and inexpensive imaging modality compared to companion MR…

Polychondritis

Preliminary Diagnosis: Polychondritis I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Non contrast CT of the soft tissues of the neck or area of concern. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing polychondritis. Advantages Highly sensitive and specific in detailing cartilage destruction of the ear, nose, and airway. Highly specific…

Pneumoconiosis

Preliminary Diagnosis: Pneumoconiosis 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 pneumoconiosis. Advantages Relatively inexpensive and fast imaging modality. Highly portable. Exposes patients to negligible ionizing radiation. Disadvantages Less sensitive and specific in evaluating for pneumoconiosis compared…

Pericardial Effusion

Preliminary Diagnosis: Pericardial Effusion I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Echocardiography II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing pericardial effusion. Advantages Does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. Highly portable. Offers exquisite detail of the valvular structures and helps measure cardiac chamber pressures further detailing underlying cardiac pathology.…

Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Preliminary Diagnosis: Patent Ductus Arteriosus I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Echocardiograph II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus. Advantages Highly portable Does not expose patients to ionizing radiation Offers exquisite detail of the cardiac chambers, valvular structures, and great detail of the cardiac…

Parkinson's Disease

Preliminary Diagnosis: Parkinson's Disease I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Contrasted MR of the brain. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Advantages More sensitive and specific in identifying and characterizing any gray and/or white matter abnormalities than other imaging modalities May adequately evaluate the…

Nasogastric tube placement

Preliminary Diagnosis: Nasogastric tube placement I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Plain radiography II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis. Advantages Relatively inexpensive and fast imaging modalities Highly portable imaging modalities. Highly sensitive and specific in localizing nasogastric tubes Expose patients to minimal ionizing radiation Disadvantages May be…

Metastatic lesions to bone

Preliminary Diagnosis: Metastatic lesions to bone I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis The first-line imaging modality is plain radiography. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of metastatic lesions to bone. Plain radiography is a highly portable imaging modality. Plain radiography exposes patients to minimal ionizing radiation. Plain…

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