Chest X Ray Interpretation is one of those skills that the practitioner should have in their armoury.
With a structured approach and some reading it is something that can be learned relatively quickly. I teach this skill now at Masters level and these are some of the books I have used. They are all top sellers in Amazon so others obviously think they are useful too.
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This is written by three Consultant Radiologists based in London and Cambridge. It is also the winner of the 2009 British Medical Association Book awards and it is not difficult to know why.
It breaks down interpretation into the core knowledge required which includes such areas as:
Clinical problems are presented next such as:
The X Rays are supported with drawn images to make the points clearer and it is a superb book to add to your library.
This is possibly one of my favourite X Ray books. It does not focus purely on Chest X Rays, as it also includes Abdominal, Orthopaedic. CTs and MRIs.
The strength of this book for me is that it is published in a large text book size and each X ray is given a whole page. this means that you have large images to look at. Like many of the other Chest X ray books these images are accompanied by drawn images which help understand the interpretation.
The illustrations are beautifully produced and key points are highlighted in their own boxes.
The chest X Ray section is taught with the aid of 20 different cases.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Not just for medical students though! A great guide for anyone who wants to learn this skill.
The authors also use an ABCDE approach which I also advocate.
Part 1 covers the normal anatomy of the chest X Ray.
Part 2 teaches the ABCDE approach and Part 3 looks at some of the more common conditions and their radiological signs.
This one takes a slightly different approach from many of the others in that it is not structured around a systematic system.
Instead it is broken down into explanations of some of the abnormalities that you might see on the film, and the explanations for them.
It covers the subject very thoroughly this way with subjects like 'The White Lung Field', 'The Black Lung Field', 'The Abnormal Heart Shadow' and 'The Widened Mediastinum'.
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