PURPOSE: Especially for junior pulmonary residents & radiologically less experienced physicians it can be difficult to differentiate between physiological thoracic structures and normal variants from pathological findings on plain film and CT. An interactive, step-by-step tutorial showing and explaining physiology and pathology in chest imaging is desirable.
METHODS: This online chest tutorial consists of over 150 pages and over 80 images covering plain film and computed tomography. Chapters offer learning material about techniques, standard exams, projections, airways, lung parenchyma, heart and vessels, mediastinum, diaphragm, pleura, pitfalls, pathology, normal values.
RESULTS: Interactive annotations enhance the learning experience. Pre- and post tests evaluate the learning progress. Freetext search and predefined menus allow individual display of contents.
CONCLUSION: We present an interactive tutorial which serves beginning pulmonary residents and radiologically less experienced clinicians as a comprehensive learning tool as well as a quick reference to get familiar with physiologic and pathologic findings in chest imaging.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Free online access makes it constantly and quickly available and interactivity helps to accommodate the user's needs to enhance the learning experience.
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