Dealing with critical emergency thoracic cases can be very challenging and often relies on quick decision making based on thoracic radiographs. Thoracic trauma is a frequent indication for radiography as it enables quick initial assessment of thoracic structures, is widely available and may be used repeatedly to monitor changes over time. The thorax is well suited to radiography as air in the respiratory tract, and bone in the thoracic wall provide high inherent contrast. Thoracic trauma is a common reason for emergency admissions. Injuries such as fractured ribs, pneumothorax and pulmonary contusions will be familiar to most first opinion practitioners. Blunt trauma may also cause severe injury to deeper structures.
This lecture will guide you through the common pitfalls seen in thoracic trauma investigation. Tips on obtaining the best quality radiographs in a critical patient will be discussed, as well as a broad discussion on interpretation of radiographic changes that are commonly identified in the emergency scenario. The lecture will include discussion of other imaging modalities, including ultrasonography and computed tomography.
Evening CPD Forum schedule:
The evening will begin with an optional tour of the premises starting at 6.30pm prompt.
A buffet, wine and refreshments will be served in the dining room from 7.00pm followed at 8.00pm by the forum which should last approximately one and a half hours.
Certificates of Attendance will be issued for your CPD records.
Discussion and questions are welcomed during the forum.