The pleura, is it visible?
50 year old male presents after fall when inebriated. A CT scan was performed, shows a dense pleural-based nodule adjacent to the right 4th rib. The worry always is that it could be a pleural metastasis. Can spectral CT help?
On spectral, there is clear iodine uptake in the nodule. But look carefully, and you can resolve the pleural being displaced by the nodule, so the nodule is extra-pleural. Also, it is on both sides of the rib. A very subtle rib fracture is present. Ergo, this is a healing rib fracture with callus that shows up as an extra-pleural nodule.
Resolve micro-anatomy with spectral CT!