Necklace - on chest radiograph

Case contributed by Ian Bickle

Presentation

Acutely short of breath in ED. Middle of night. Busy shift.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female
x_ray

In acute medical situations not all personal accessories are removed before x-rays are undertaken.

A necklace sporting the word 'Mum' is evident.

Case Discussion

Any personal accessories, such as jewelry, not removed may leave an artifact on radiographs.

On occasion it may obscure pathology to the detriment of patient care.

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