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A/P Chest Diameter measurements

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JiminyCricket

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Hey,

Does anyone know how thoracic radiologists measure A/P diameter of the chest? What about internists? (do they just eye it?, i havent seen anyone whip out a measuring tape, and i dont think that would be accurate given different chest shapes, adipose etc. ) I have to find this info out for my attending and am having a hard time finding the info. Please let me know. Any info would be great.

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Jiminy
 

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'A radiologist with a ruler is a radiologist in trouble'

The only time I have seen actual measurements being used was in the evaluation of kids with chest deformities. For your run of the mill COPDer, you just eyeball it.
 
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