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Dots, lines, contours, and ends: An image-based review of esophageal pathology

Authors
  • Keshav, Nandan1
  • Khalid, Sameen2
  • Parasher, Gulshan2
  • Cassidy, Fiona3
  • Thompson, William1
  • Shiehmorteza, Masoud1
  • 1 University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, MSC10 5530, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131, United States
  • 2 University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, MSC 10 5550, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131, United States
  • 3 University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, 8929 University Center Ln #101, San Diego, CA, 92122, United States
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal of Radiology Open
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 05, 2021
Volume
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejro.2021.100361
PMID: 34141830
PMCID: PMC8187835
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

Esophageal pathologies encountered on fluoroscopic examination may pose a diagnostic challenge to the interpreting Radiologist. Understanding the varied imaging appearances of esophageal pathology requires a thorough understanding of barium esophagography. This article reviews the various fluoroscopic imaging findings of different esophageal pathologies by describing an approach to image interpretation centered on dots, lines, contours, and ends. By utilizing this approach, the Radiologist will be better positioned to reconcile seemingly disparate pathologies into a cogent and succinct differential diagnosis.

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