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Department: MERAD-Radiology (includes Radiation Oncology)
Course: 524-Chest Radiology

Course Coordinator: Dr. Arun Nachiappan
Course Faculty: Dr. Arun Nachiappan
Elective Location: BTGH
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:  Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Must have completed 570-506 or 570-508
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8am - 5pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
COURSE OFFERED: July, August September, October, January, March, April, June 1. Learn how to recognize high yield lines and tubes and appropriate positions a. GI i. NG tube ii. Dobhoff b. Airway/lungs i. ET tube ii. Trach iii. Chest tubes c. Vascular i. Swan Ganz ii. Central lines iii. PICC iv. Arm ports 2. Develop systematic way for assessing chest for effusions a. Costophrenic angles, posterior sulcus, b. Understand layering of fluid and possible underlying pathology c. Know how fluid findings would change with different views (PA or lateral upright vs. supine, semi-upright, or lateral decubitus) 3. Learn to identify a pneumothorax and differentiate it from skin folds or artifact 4. Learn to identify abnormal/suspicious lesions of the lung parenchyma, pleura, mediastinum, and lymph nodes
Learning Activities
1. Readings: (required) Squires Fundamentals of Radiology  Chapters 4-10; Felsons Principles of Chest Roentgenology 2. Conferences: Students are encouraged to attend resident noon conference, and any additional departmental conferences offered during the month. 3. Students will be assigned to the Chest reading room for the month, to rotate between CXR and chest CT. Students are expected to work with both residents and attendings to become comfortable with reading chest imaging. 4. Students will present one interesting case in thoracic radiology that they come across during the month. The presentation should be no more than ten minutes, and in Powerpoint format utilized for the department teaching file. 5. Students will complete one project during the month. Emphasis on research, publication, educational exhibit, and case files.
Evaluation Methods
Grade based on written evaluations by attending physicians and residents, as well as any presentations or additional assignments completed during the rotation.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
8:00am; First day of elective, report to Chest Reading room at Ben Taub General Hospital
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Becky Baxter
Contact Phone: 713-798-6362
Contact Fax: 713-798-8359
Contact Location:
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