Diseases of the Chest Wall, Pleura, and Diaphragm

  • J. Verschakelen
  • P. Vock


In contrast to the visceral organs (lung, mediastinum), the symmetry of the chest wall allows radiographic detection of tiny changes overlaying the deeper structures. Except in skeletal disease, calcification, and emphysema, chest radiography will often only reveal nonspecific signs, whereas sectional methods, i.e., ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), permit the identification, characterization, and assessment of many diseases.


Chest Wall Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Malignant Mesothelioma Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Verschakelen
    • 1
  • P. Vock
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity HospitalsLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospital (Inselspital)BernSwitzerland

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