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Cross-sectional imaging has revolutionised the radiological diagnosis of pleural collections. Not only can the precise location and volume of a pleural effusion be established, but also features specific for the aetiology of the effusion can be demonstrated. Increasingly, radiologists are called upon to perform image-guided biopsies, aspirations and small bore chest drain placement, all of which have been shown to be safe and efficacious. Pneumothoraces occurring due to acute trauma and in an intensive care setting can also benefit from radiological input, both in terms of diagnosis and image-guided treatment.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur Radiol

Publication Date





1922 - 1930


Emergencies, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Pleural Diseases, Therapy, Computer-Assisted, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Ultrasonography