To learn the anatomy and normal variants of the respiratory system, heart and vessels, mediastinum and chest wall and to confidently identify these on radiographs, CT and MRI.
To gather an in-depth understanding of the most common chest radiography signs (including silhouette sign, air bronchogram, air crescent sign, cervicothoracic sign, tapered margins, gloved finger sign, golden sign, deep sulcus sign).
To learn the appearance and correct position of monitoring and support devices (tubes and lines).
Inflammation and tumours of the lung
To understand the imaging features and differential diagnoses of diffuse infiltrative and alveolar lung disease and atelectasis.
To become familiar with thoracic diseases in immunocompetent, immunocompromised and post-transplant patients.
To become familiar with the differentiation of solitary and multiple pulmonary nodules, benign and malignant neoplasms, hyperlucencies and their potential aetiology and evaluation.
To understand the role of different imaging modalities including hybrid imaging in diagnosing and staging neoplasms of the chest.
Mediastinum, pleura and chest wall
To become familiar with the imaging features of common pathologies of the diaphragm, pleura and chest wall on radiography, CT and MRI of the chest.
To learn the imaging features and causes of mediastinal and hilar diseases.
To understand the imaging features of disorders of the pulmonary vascular system and great vessels.
To learn the typical imaging features of the postoperative chest.
A chest radiography reading guide
To learn about chest radiograph quality criteria.
To learn about the normal features.
To learn which difficult areas to concentrate on.
Alveolar, interstitial and nodular syndromes
To learn about alveolar opacities characteristics.
To learn how to recognise the presence of interstitial changes.
To understand the chest radiograph limitations for lung nodule detection.
To review the signs of lobar atelectasis on frontal chest radiograph.
To learn about the complementary role of lateral view.
To explain the differences with other causes of lung opacity.
To learn how to identify partial pneumothorax.
To be able to identify signs of compressive pleural effusion.
To be aware of the limitations of bedside chest x-ray for pneumothorax detection.
To review the normal mediastinal lines.
To learn about the normal and abnormal mediastinal contour.
To know how to use the silhouette sign to localise mediastinal opacities.
Errors in chest radiograph
To learn to recognise ambiguous signs in plain films.
To learn to avoid the most common pitfalls in reading plain chest films.
Errors in CT of the chest
To learn to interpret ambiguous chest CT signs.
To learn to avoid the most common pitfalls in reading chest CT images.