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Document ID (ISN)112516
CIS number 12-0198
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Elshazley M., Shibata E., Hisanaga N., Ichihara G., Ewis A.A., Kamijima M., Ichihara S., Sakai K., Sato M., Kondo M., Hasegawa Y.
Title Pleural plaque profiles on the chest radiographs and CT scans of asbestos-exposed Japanese construction workers
Bibliographic information Sep. 2011, Vol.49, No.5, p.626-633. Illus. 15 ref.
Internet access Pleural_plaque_profiles_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract Pleural plaques are asymptomatic focal thickenings of the pleura and considered the hallmark of asbestos exposure. However, it is often difficult to detect pleural plaques on chest x-rays (CXR). This retrospective study was based on chest CT scans of 140 Japanese asbestos-exposed construction workers who have probable or definite findings of pleural plaque on CXR. A plaque morphology-based classification for CXR was proposed and compared to interpretations of CT scans. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that chest radiography continues to be a suitable tool for screening asbestos-related pleural plaques considering its simplicity, wide availability and cost-effectiveness.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; asbestos; pleural thickening; chest radiography; tomography; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) x-rays; diagnosis; radiological classifications; medical examinations; reliability; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Cancer and carcinogens
Occupational health services