Diagnostic tests: Thoracic computed tomography: principles and practice

Graham Simpson
2009 Australian Prescriber  
Computerised tomography of the chest has revolutionised thoracic imaging. It can provide important information in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary masses and malignancy, mediastinal disease, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease and pleural abnormalities. However, it is a relatively expensive technique and carries a risk of inducing malignant disease due to radiation exposure. To improve current practice, requesting doctors need a greater understanding of the indications for
more » ... ications for computerised tomography scanning and its different forms (conventional vs high resolution). A greater involvement of specialist radiologists in vetting requests and advising on the most appropriate investigation is also needed.
doi:10.18773/austprescr.2009.049 fatcat:qf3heqm72bgazn3vzjcbe5elvq