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June 2018 Imaging Case of the Month

Michael B. Gotway, MD

Department of Radiology

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA


Imaging Case of the Month CME Information  

Completion of an evaluation form is required to receive credit and a link is provided on the last panel of the activity.

0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Estimated time to complete this activity: 0.75 hours

Lead Author(s): Michael B. Gotway, MD. All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. 

Learning Objectives: As a result of completing this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Interpret and identify clinical practices supported by the highest quality available evidence.
  2. Establish the optimal evaluation leading to a correct diagnosis for patients with pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders.
  3. Translate the most current clinical information into the delivery of high quality care for patients.
  4. Integrate new treatment options for patients with pulmonary, critical care and sleep related disorders.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by case). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Current Approval Period: January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018


Clinical History: A 63-year-old non-smoking woman presented with complaints of nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, which prompted CT of the abdomen and pelvis (images not shown). The CT of the abdomen and pelvis disclosed several small basilar nodules, for which dedicated thoracic CT (Figure 1) was performed. 


Figure 1. Panels A-H: Representative images from unenhanced axial thoracic CT displayed in lung windows. Lower panel: video of thoracic CT in lung windows.

Which of the following represents the most accurate assessment of the thoracic CT findings? (click on the correct answer to be directed to the second of nine pages)

  1. Thoracic CT shows bibasilar fibrotic-appearing opacities
  2. Thoracic CT shows cavitary pulmonary lesions
  3. Thoracic CT shows multifocal bronchiectasis
  4. Thoracic CT shows multifocal ground-glass opacity
  5. Thoracic CT shows small pulmonary nodules

Cite as: Gotway MB. June 2018 imaging case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2018;16(6):311-23. doi: PDF 

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