An anatomical study of the right bronchial tree using multi-detector computed tomography

  • Min Huang
  • Tao Wang
  • Ximing Wang
  • Xinya ZhaoEmail author
Anatomic Variations



The aims were to study the pattern of right bronchial tree with multi-detector CT.


238 patients were enrolled. The three-dimensional bronchial tree images were acquired using the post-processing technique of CT.


There were mainly four types for right superior lobe bronchial tree, i.e., (140/238, B1–B2–B3); (44/238, B1 + 2, B3); (28/238, B2, B3); (22/238, B1, B2 + 3). There were two types for right middle lobe bronchial tree, i.e. (229/238, B4, B5); trifurcation of right middle lobe bronchi (9/238). There were mainly four types for right inferior lobe bronchial tree, i.e., (135/238, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10); (42/238, B6, B7, B8, B10); (25/238, B6, B7, B8 + 9, B10); (21/238, B6, B7, B8-B9-B10).


The present study describes variations in the anatomy of the right bronchial tree, and reveals that there were mainly four types for right superior lobe bronchial tree, two types for right middle lobe bronchial tree, and four types for right inferior lobe bronchial tree.


Right bronchial tree Anatomy Computed tomography 



This work was supported by Shandong Province Science and Technology Development Projects (no. 2012GCG21812), and Shandong Provincial Medical Health Technology Development Projects (no. 2017WS472).

Author contributions

MH, TW, XW, and XZ have made substantial contributions to the conception and design of the study, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data. All the authors have been involved in drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. All the authors have approved the final version to be published.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This study was approved by the ethics committee of Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LaboratoryShandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Shandong Medical Imaging Research InstituteShandong UniversityJinanChina
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyShandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong UniversityJinanChina

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