U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Puerto Rico
A 28-year-old female asked:

My ct scan says i have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
It most: likely is not significant, and simply related to gravity and/or a less than complete depth of inspiration at the moment of the scan. Atelectasis in this case means that small portions of the lung are not filled with air/collapsed. It is relatively common as an incidental finding on CT.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
I agree and correlating the findings to clinical and pulmonary function testing will help to better define
Nov 29, 2015
Last updated Aug 8, 2020

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.