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RMJ. 2008; 33(2): 150-153

An Analysis of One Thousand Chest Radiographs at a Secondary Care Center

Abdus Salam, Ghulam Sabir Iqbal,Muhammad Usman Ahmed.

Objective: To find the workload of radiology department consisting of chest x-ray, clinical notes writing trends, and, percentage of radiographs showing abnormalities,
Material and Methods: One Thousand Chest X-Rays were studied at the department of radiology, CMH Murree from April 2002 to August 2002.
Results: Chest x-ray made up 28% of the workload. Three major symptoms of patients were cough (7%), Fever (6%) and chest pain (5%). Only 9.2% films had significant findings. Pulmonary Tuberculosis (2.1%) cardiomegaly (2.1%) consolidation (1.4%) and pleural effusion (.8%) were the major radiological findings.
Conclusion: X-ray chest constitutes the major bulk of radiographic workload at our institution and Tuberculosis was the commonest radiological finding. (Rawal Med J 2008;33:150-154).

Key words: Chest X-ray, clinical information, radiation protection, tuberculosis

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