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A 46-year-old female asked:

Chest x-ray showed lungs and pleura: minimal bibasilar atelectasis. no consolidation. no lung mass. no pleural effusion. no pneumothorax. cardiomediastinal silhouette: stable cardiomediastinal silhouette. what does this mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Translation= The person didn't take a deep enough breath to be like a standard film. Atelectasis= lung not fully inflated. It is otherwise normal. Radiologists get fussed at if they just say normal, so the provide these details describing normal structures.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
The description is commonly seen and reflects normalcy of the chest structures examined in this study, atelectasis otherwise not likely to reflect pathology.
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