Vaping e-cigarette device on chest radiograph

Case contributed by Fabio Macori
Diagnosis not applicable


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

Patients must be adequately prepared before an x-ray examination and this includes removal of artefacts and clothing. This patient’s shirt hid the electronic cigarette.

Thank you to Mr Daniele Virgulti, radiographer. 

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