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April 1985

Computerized Tomography of the Lung

Arch Surg. 1985;120(4):507. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390280093027

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This book reviews the utility of computerized tomography in diseases of the chest and lung. The introduction affords an excellent overview of the physical principles inherent in computed tomographic (CT) scanning. Included is a truly understandable explanation of both the technique and the sequential improvement (ie, generations) of the scanners.

Section 1 concerns itself with a detailed description of normal lung and mediastinal anatomy. The section is heavily referenced and abundantly illustrated. Many of the more subtle anatomic structures depicted unfortunately need a good deal of faith to be accepted as accurate. The problem is that a chest CT examination is actually a series of exposures, and trying to convince a reader of an anatomical structure by showing only one cut is difficult, if not impossible.

The second section delves into the various pathologic conditions within the lungs and mediastinum in which CT scanning may be useful. Again, a large

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