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What type of tests are imaging tests?

X-rays (plain radiography, contrast studies e.g. braium enema, IVU, arthrography, CT)USMRINuclear medicine


What is used in tayside to store and view digital imaging?

PACS (picture archiving and communications system)


To be seen on an x-ray, what must the pathology be in comparison to the surrounding?

A different density


How is a double contrast image created?

Barium is first put in to line mucosa and then emptied before squeezing in air - makes soft tissue more visible


What is IVU?

X-ray of the urinary tract after an IV injection of iodine


What is arthrogram?

Series of pictures of a joint after a contrast material e.g. iodine has been injected directly into it


What type of scanner tends to be used more often in a paediatric hospital?Why?

An MRI scannerX-rays are radiation and can therefore lead to cancerous mutations - as children have a high rate of new cell formation they have the highest risk of tumour formation


What material is used to stop x-rays?



Why are CT scans better than plain x-rays?

They fire x-rays from all round the body and process them on a computer to form a set of cross-sectional pictures with no superimposition - it has superior contrast resolution compared to a radiograph


Why don't we just use CT for everything? (3)

Gives a large dose of ionising radiationSoft tissues of very similar density cannot be distinguished e.g. pelvic organs, muscles and tendons, etc.CT cannot resolve bone marrow disease


Do US or MRI use ionising radiation?



How does US work?

The transducer transmits sound pulses which reflect off objects returning at different times due to distant travelledAn image can then be built up on a computer due to this information Main imaging for chest/ abdo/ pelvis imaging


What is US especially food for imaging?(5)

MSK soft tissue structures (tendons and muscles)Gallstones in the gallbladderTumours of the bladderAbnormal fluid collections e.g. pleural effusion, ascites, abscess, cystsSoft tissue tumours


What are the weaknesses of US?

Bone blocks US (can't see the brain, spinal canal, inside joint or assess bone marrow)Gas blocks US so windy patients are difficult assess and gas containing structures like the lungs or bowelVery fat patients


What does an MRI scanner use to produce the images?

A strong magnetic field created from electrical current passed through coiled metal wire surrounding the boreUses this to energise the body's protons


What must patents remove before entering the MRI machine/

Any ferrous metal e.g. dental plates, ear rings, beltsCan surgical ferrous material e.g. pacemakers, heart valves and missile injuries


What must a patient fill in before having an MRI?

A card safety questionnaire


What must staff do before entering the MRI room?

Wear the appropriate safety equipment e.g. vestRemove all possible metal items e.g. watch, keys, credit cards, etc.


MRI strengths? (6)

Most complete image of the brain possibleCan accurately assess pelvic organsCan assess bone marrow abnormality in the absence of bone destructionSensitive way to assess acute muscle and tendon tearsExcellent imaging of spinal canal diseaseCan image the interior of joint so injuries to cartilage and ligaments can be seen


Weaknesses of MRI?

Expensivecan harm some patientsclaustrophobictake a long time Shows little detail of the lungs


Where do the bronchial arteries branch from?How many do you have?

The aorta1 right and 2 left bronchial arteries


How many pulmonary arteries are there?How many pulmonary veins are there?

2 pulmonary arteries (right and left)4 pulmonary veins (2 right and 2 left - upper and lower)


What are the 3 parts of the thoracic aorta?



How many cusps does the aortic valve have?



What does the branches from the aortic arch supply?

The head, neck and arms


Where does the descending aorta pass into the abdomen

Through the aortic hiatus


Where does the descending aorta lie in relation to the oesophagus and spine

Posterior to the oesophagus but anterior to spine


What are the sequential branches of the subclavian artery?

Subclavian arteryAxillary arteryBrachial arteryRadial artery (laterial) and ulner artery (medial)


What is another name for the lung roots?



At what level does the abdominal aorta bifurcate into 2 common iliac arteries?