Vaping e-cigarette (chest radiograph)

Case contributed by Dr Fabio Macori

Presentation

Routine chest x-ray

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male

The lungs are clear. The heart is normal in size. The mediastinum is within normal limits. There is an electronic device that overlies the heart.

Case Discussion

The case documents how the patient must be adequately prepared before an X-ray examination. In this patient, leaving the shirt on did not reveal the presence of an electronic cigarette superimposed on the cardiac image.

 

 

Thank you to Mr Daniele Virgulti, radiographer. 

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