Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Frontal and lateral radiography has traditionally been used to evaluate the chest, although computed tomography (CT) and high-resolution CT are increasingly being used as an adjunct to conventional radiography for the evaluation of parenchymal and mediastinal disease. Nevertheless, radiography remains a very important modality in this context, and use of chest radiography alone can provide a vast amount of useful information. ⋯ Radiologists must be familiar with the anatomic basis of these mediastinal lines and stripes and be able to recognize their normal and abnormal appearances. In this way, they can develop an appropriate differential diagnosis prior to obtaining additional information with chest CT.