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Reconciliation of the Anatomic, Surgical, and Radiographic Classifications of the Mediastinum

Aquino, Suzanne L.; Duncan, Gregory; Taber, Katherine H.; Sharma, Amita; Hayman, L. Anne

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: May-June 2001 - Volume 25 - Issue 3 - p 489-492
Graphic Anatomy

The mediastinum is a complex region that is variously subdivided by radiologists, surgeons and anatomists. This paper describes the most popular of these classifications and color-codes the radiologic and surgical divisions on 22 labeled axial sections of the chest. This allows the reader to quickly name the appropriate location of a lesion on any section.

From the Department of Radiology (S. L. Aquino and A. Sharma), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (G. Duncan), Department of Radiology (K. H. Taber and L. A. Hayman), Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (K. H. Taber and L. A. Hayman), and Frensley Center for Imaging Research (K. H. Taber and L. A. Hayman), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, U.S.A. A. Sharma is currently at the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Whitechapel, London, U.K.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. L. A. Hayman, Department of Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030-3498, U.S.A. E-mail:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.