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Posteroanterior chest X-ray for the diagnosis of pneumothorax: methods, usage, and resolution

Authors Rossato Silva D, Schuch, Roth Dalcin PDT

Published 31 August 2010 Volume 2010:3 Pages 29—34

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMI.S10377

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Denise Rossato Silva, Sandra Jungblut Schuh, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre-RS, Brazil

Abstract: Most pneumothoraces are demonstrated on fully inspired erect posteroanterior (PA) chest X-ray (CXR). Expiratory films may have a role in the clinical management of patients with a small respiratory reserve in whom pneumothorax is suspected and not demonstrated on the inspiratory film. PA CXR can be used for the diagnosis of spontaneous and ­nonspontaneous pneumothoraces. When digital radiography is used, for most authors, a 2.5-lp/mm spatial ­resolution is satisfactory to detect a pneumothorax.

Keywords:
radiography, computed tomography, pneumothorax, posteroanterior chest X-ray

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