Today was our chest x-ray lecture. It was truly a captivating 3 hour lecture given by Dr. Wallace T. Miller, Jr. He is an expert in his field and an amazing teacher. It's pretty awesome when the lecturer is also the same guy who wrote the book about chest x-rays that I have on my shelf.
We looked at many slides of-- well, you guessed it-- chest x-rays. His tip for the novice reader is to ask yourself these 4 questions.
1. Is it normal or abnormal?
2. Is there a problem with the heart or the lungs?
3. Is the problem diffuse, focal or multi-focal?
4. Is the pattern alveolar or interstitial?
I know that I was mesmerized and so was the class. There is so much to learn and I came away wanting to learn a lot more. It also didn't hurt that he enjoyed cold-calling students for their 'expert' opinion about the films. Yikes!
Here's an article about the Miller duo- Father and Son