Pulmonary opacification

A.Prof Frank Gaillard and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Pulmonary opacification represents the result of a decrease in the ratio of gas to soft tissue (blood, lung parenchyma and stroma) in the lung. When reviewing an area of increased attenuation (opacification) on a chest radiograph or CT it is vital to determine where the opacification is. The patterns can broadly be divided into airspace opacification, lines and dots.

Classification of pulmonary opacification

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rID: 14499
Systems: Chest, Oncology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Patterns of pulmonary opacification
  • Patterns of lung opacification
  • Pulmonary opacity
  • Pulmonary opacities

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