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Imaging the Intensive Care Patient

  • Lawrence R. Goodman

Abstract

The intensive care patient presents a challenge to both the clinician and the radiologist. These patients may have more than one cardiopulmonary problem that may progress or regress — simultaneously or in opposite directions. Most cardiopulmonary problems are the results of disease originating in the thorax, but a significant number are secondary to disease beyond the thorax. The limited quality of portable radiographs adds to the diagnostic difficulty. Many cardiopulmonary problems appear radiographically similar [1]. Careful attention to the radiographic appearance for progression and regression of the abnormalities often leads to the correct diagnosis [2, 3]. Although not every intensive care patient requires computed tomography (CT), the liberal use of CT often results in a more rapid and more accurate diagnosis and direction for management.

Keywords

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Right Ventricular Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Intensive Care Unit Patient Intensive Care Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence R. Goodman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMedical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert HospitalMilwaukeeUSA

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