Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: radiology-pathology correlation

J Thorac Imaging. 2009 Aug;24(3):171-80. doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e3181b32676.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is defined as a preventable and treatable disease state characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. This review will discuss the relevant anatomy of the secondary pulmonary lobule, the subtypes of emphysema, and their imaging appearances and corresponding pathologic findings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / pathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*