Chest procedures (chest tube)
Chest tube procedures in St. Louis
Any radiological procedure used to treat chest abnormalities/conditions including chest tube placement, chest x-ray, chest CT (computed tomography), chest MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and pulmonary (chest) nodule - needle biopsy. Insertion of a chest tube is a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin plastic tube is inserted in the the area between the chest wall and lungs and may be attached to a suction device to remove excess fluid or air. A chest tube may also be used to deliver medications into that area. Imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy and ultrasound may be used to help guide the interventional radiologist's instruments while placing the chest tube. The chest x-ray is the most commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination. A chest x-ray makes images of the heart, lungs, airways, blood vessels and the bone of the spine and chest. An x-ray is a noninvasive medical test that helps diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Chest CT will be performed when cross sectional images are needed to provide greater detail than a traditional x-ray would provide. Generally low-dose chest CT produces images of sufficient image quality to detect many lung diseases and abnormalities. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that helps diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI of the chest gives detailed pictures of structures within the chest cavity, chest wall, pleura, heart and vessels from almost any angle. MRI also provides movie-like sequential iamging of the cardiovascular system that is important to assess the health and function of these structures. See pulmonary nodule biopsies for more information on that procedure.
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