Bronchiectasis: CT evaluation

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 Feb;160(2):253-9. doi: 10.2214/ajr.160.2.8424327.


CT is the imaging method of choice after standard chest radiography for examining patients with suspected bronchiectasis. In most institutions throughout the world, CT has largely eliminated the need for bronchography in the diagnosis of bronchiectasis. Nonetheless, controversy persists concerning the overall accuracy of CT. In an effort to improve overall diagnostic accuracy, we review the wide range of CT appearances of this protean disorder, and emphasize potential problems and technical pitfalls that may arise in routine clinical imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Bronchiectasis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchography
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*