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CT manifestations of radiation-induced change in chest tissue

CT manifestations of radiation-induced change in chest tissue

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography 6(2): 243-248

The computed tomographic appearance of acute and chronic radiation change in the thorax is described. Acute radiation pneumonitis demonstrates patchy, confluent regions of increased pulmonary attenuation. Chronic changes include soft tissue density fibrotic changes that blend smoothly with the pleural surfaces and adjacent mediastinal structures. Also seen are bronchiectatic changes and distortion of normal intrathoracic anatomic relationships. Both the acute and chronic changes usually make linear lateral margins with adjacent aerated lung. Development of a discrete mass or focal cavitation after the radiation changes have become stable is suspect for recurrent tumor or infection.

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PMID: 7076916

DOI: 10.1097/00004728-198204000-00003

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