What are the limitations chest radiography in asbestosis imaging?

Updated: Apr 11, 2019
  • Author: Sam Chun, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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The chest radiograph is normal in 10-20% of patients with histologic evidence of asbestosis. The classic radiographic appearance of asbestosis is nonspecific, but the presence of ancillary findings, such as pleural plaques or diffuse pleural thickening, strongly suggests asbestos exposure as the cause.

Conventional radiographs are relatively insensitive in the detection of early asbestosis and tend to underestimate the severity of disease.


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