F/col chest X-ray of silicosis

F/col chest X-ray of silicosis

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Credit: ALAIN POL, ISM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour x-ray of the chest area of a person suffering from silicosis, a lung disease (a type of pneumoconiosis) that is caused by inhaling silica dust particles. The silica stimulates fibrosis of lung tissue (apparent as blue areas over both left & right lungs), which results in breathlessness & an increased susceptibility to tuberculosis. Workers in the mineral mining, quarrying, stone-dressing, sandblasting and boiler-scaling industries are prone to the disease.

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Keywords: condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, lung disease, medical, medicine, pneumonconiosis, silicosis, x-ray, xray

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