I'm having a hard time understanding the difference between consolidation vs infiltrate vs opacity on CXR. Many times they seem interchangable.
Consolidation is alveoli filled with some sort of fluid instead of air/gas. It can be pus (Pueumonia), water (CHF), blood, or a tumor. I usually see consolidation in reference to pneumonia.
Infiltrate and Opacity also seems to be the exact same definition as consolidation. Anybody can help clarify this?
New to the ICU