Survival Guide to Lung Film Interpretation
The radiographic interpretation of pulmonary disease in small animal patients can be complex and challenging. Accurate and timely interpretation is essential for appropriate treatment planning and is necessary for rapid administration of life-saving therapies. This presentation will use case examples to review common pulmonary diseases and their typical appearance on thoracic radiographs. Key features of each pulmonary pattern will be discussed. The typical appearance of common diseases will be described, and will include but not be limited to the discussion of: aspiration pneumonia, hematogeneous pneumonia, inflammatory/non-infectious bronchitis, infectious bronchitis, feline asthma, neoplasia (primary, metastatic, multicentric), noncardiogenic pulmonary edema, cardiogenic pulmonary edema and pulmonary hemorrhage.
- -To be able to recognize and differentiate the main pulmonary patterns: bronchial, unstructured interstitial, structured (nodular) interstitial, alveolar, vascular
- - To be able to list appropriate differential diagnoses for pulmonary opacities based on their pulmonary pattern
- - To be able to recognize common incidental and age-related pulmonary findings
- - To be able to differentiate primary pulmonary disease from primary cardiovascular disease