Learning Radiology - 2nd Edition

Learning Radiology

2nd Edition

Recognizing the Basics (With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access)

Authors: William Herring
Imprint: Saunders


Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics, 2nd Edition, is an image-filled, practical, and clinical introduction to this integral part of the diagnostic process. William Herring, MD, a skilled radiology teacher, masterfully covers everything you need to know to effectively interpret medical images. Learn the latest on ultrasound, MRI, CT, and more, in a time-friendly format with brief, bulleted text and abundant high-quality images. Then ensure your mastery of the material with additional online content, bonus images, and self-assessment exercises at www.studentconsult.com.

Key Features

  • Identify a wide range of common and uncommon conditions based upon their imaging findings.
  • Quickly grasp the fundamentals you need to know through easy-access bulleted text and more than 700 images.
  • Arrive at diagnoses by following a pattern recognition approach, and logically overcome difficult diagnostic challenges with the aid of decision trees.
  • Learn from the best, as Dr. Herring is both a skilled radiology teacher and the host of his own specialty website, www.learningradiology.com.

Table of Contents

1. Recognizing Anything: An Introduction to Imaging Modalities

Let There be Light . . . and Dark, and Shades of Gray

Conventional Radiography (Plain Films)

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT Scans)

Ultrasound (US)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


The Best System is the One That Works

Conventions Used in This Book

2. Recognizing Normal Chest Anatomy and a Technically Adequate Chest Radiograph

The Normal Frontal Chest Radiograph

The Lateral Chest Radiograph

Five Key Areas on the Lateral Chest X-Ray

Evaluating the Chest Radiograph for Technical Adequacy

3. Recognizing Airspace Versus Interstitial Lung Disease

Classifying Parenchymal Lung Disease

Characteristics of Airspace Disease

Some Causes of Airspace Disease

Characteristics of Interstitial Lung Disease

Some Causes of Interstitial Lung Disease

4. Recognizing the Causes of an Opacified Hemithorax

Atelectasis of the Entire Lung

Massive Pleural Effusion

Pneumonia of an Entire Lung


5. Recognizing Atelectasis

What is Atelectasis

Signs of Atelectasis

Types of Atelectasis

Patterns of Collapse in Lobar Atelectasis

How Atelectasis Resolves

6. Recognizing a Pleural Effusion

Normal Anatomy and Physiology of the Pleural Space

Causes of Pleural Effusions

Types of Pleural Effusions

Side Specificity of Pleural Effusions

Recognizing the Different Appearances of Pleural Effusions

7. Recognizing Pneumonia

General Considerations

General Characteristics of Pneumonia

Patterns of Pneumonia




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About the Author

William Herring

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chairman and Residency Program Director, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA