Tuberculosis other imaging findings
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The abreugraphy is a smaller type of the chest X-ray that help to detect of lung abnormalities that can be suggestive of TB. With the decline of incidence and prevalence of TB, the abreugraphy is no longer recommended in most countries for low-risk populations. However, according to the screening resources of every country, it may be used for the screening of high-risk groups, such as HIV-positive patients.
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Osteoarticular Tuberculosis X-ray
- Narrowing of the joint space
- Abreugraphy is a variant of the chest X-ray, and it is named after Dr. Manuel Dias de Abreu who was its inventor. It reveals a small radiographic image, that is also known as miniature chest radiograph, or Miniature Mass Radiography (MMR). Although it has limited resolution, that limits its use in some cases, such as lung cancer, it helps to detect of lung abnormalities, that can be suggestive of TB.
- Because of its cost and being less expensive than the traditional chest X-ray, it can be used in mass situations such as the TB screening of prisoners and immigrants. With the decline of incidence and prevalence of TB, this exam is no longer recommended among low-risk populations. However, MMR can still be used in high prevalence groups for the early diagnosis of TB disease in asymptomatic patients.
- Some countries still use the abreugraphy to screen refugees, students, and new workers who come from countries with high TB prevalence. If the MMR comes to be abnormal, the individual is redirected to a medical center for further studies. 
- According to the screening resources of every country, it may be used for the screening of high-risk groups, such as HIV-positive patients.
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