|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 471
Imaging of chest infections
Parvaiz A Koul
Department of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, SKIMS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Date of Web Publication||23-Aug-2019|
Parvaiz A Koul
Department of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, SKIMS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Koul PA. Imaging of chest infections. Lung India 2019;36:471
Editors: Ashu Seith Bhalla, Manisha Jana
Co-editor: Priyanka Naranje
Clinical Content Editors: Randeep Guleria, GC Khilnani
Publishers: Jaypee Brothers Medical, New Delhi, India
Edition: 1st Ed.
Respiratory infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. In 2016, lower respiratory infections caused 652,572 deaths in children younger than 5 years, 1,080,958 deaths in adults older than 70 years, and 2,377,697 deaths in people of all ages, worldwide. Chest imaging plays a key role in the diagnostic workup of suspected respiratory tract infections and not infrequently is the only diagnostic aid available to the treating clinician as the yield of microbiologic studies is not always very high and the turnaround time for those investigations is high. Radiologic imaging on the conventional radiograph and computed tomography provides a wealth of information regarding the extent of involvement, presence of complications, presence of concomitant diagnosis, and follow-up of the patient and serves as the main guide for the management and follow-up of patients with respiratory infection. Ultrasound of the chest has added a recent dimension to the imaging that is useful in diagnosis of a variety of diseases and their complications.
The book is organized into 29 chapters and six sections. Section 1 deals with general aspects of imaging of chest infections and has been fortified by a discussion of the pathology and microbiology of respiratory infections, which lays the foundation for further discussion as we cruise forward in the book. Sections 2 and 3 deal with imaging characteristics related to the etiological organism and clinical scenarios, respectively. The book lays a strong emphasis on differentiating indistinguishable imaging patterns of infectious and noninfectious etiology.
The book is replete with high-quality images that are fortified by tables and flow diagrams carved for the ease of understanding of a medical trainee as well as a clinical consultant alike. Pattern-wise approach to common respiratory infections has been discussed separately (Section 5), which will aid the radiology and the pulmonary fellow to undertake the differential diagnosis, and constitutes an important highlight of the book. The diagnostic and therapeutic role of interventional procedures in respiratory infections and their complications has been discussed lucidly against the backdrop of various clinical scenarios. In the last section, the authors have added reporting templates for reporting on radiological images which will serve as a handhold for fellows and residents. Illustrative cases and “test-yourself” provide an added value for the student of radiology.
Edited by astute radiologists and clinicians, and targeted primarily at radiology and pulmonary fellows, the book is an authentic treatise on the clinic-radiological approach to patients with respiratory infections and would benefit practicing clinicians and radiologists at all levels of expertise.