Retrocardiac lung cancer
Smoker. Shortness of breath and chronic cough.
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3 cm mass behind the left side of the heart.
The remainder of the lungs are clear.
Heart size normal.
Plain radiograph reporting volumes are large. Radiologists often and out of necessity report these at speed:
- never forget the review areas
- the retrocardiac area tends to be the review area holding the largest amount of serious pathology if missed
- the larger the patient and less penetrated the film the harder it is to visualised this area