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1 Ben Barnard Department of Radiology Kimberley Hospital
Lung Anatomy Ben Barnard Department of Radiology Kimberley Hospital

2 Outline Basic morphology Fissures Bronchopulmonary segments
Pulmonary vessels Bronchial vessels Lymphatics Lung roots Pleura Radiological features

3 Basic morphology Surfaces Right lung Left lung Costal Mediastinal
Apical Diaphragmatic Right lung Three lobes Left lung Two lobes Lingula of the upper lobe corresponds to right middle lobe

4 Lobules One terminal bronchiole with lung tissue forms an acinus
Acinus with vessels, lymphatics and nerves form the primary lobule Three to five primary lobules form a secondary lobule



7 Interlobar fissures Oblique (major) fissure
Extends from T4/T5 posteriorly to the diaphragm antero-inferiorly Left major fissure is more vertically orientated Undulating in course Medial aspect passes through the hilum Lateral aspect is anterior to the medial aspect at the level of the hila and below Above the hila, the lateral aspect is more posterior


9 Interlobar fissures Transverse (minor) fissure
Separates upper and middle lobes of the right lung Runs horizontally from the hilum to the anterior and lateral surfaces of the right lung Level of the fourth costal cartilage Posterior limit is the right oblique fissure, which it meets at the level of the 6th rib in the midaxillary line Anatomically complete in only 33% of people and absent in 10%

10 Accessory fissures Azygos fissure Superior accessory fissure
Downward invagination of the azygos vein through the apical portion of the right upper lobe Four pleural layers – two visceral and two parietal Superior accessory fissure Separates the apical segment of the right lower lobe from the other basal segments Lies parallel and inferiorly to the transverse fissure Passes posteriorly from the right oblique fissure to the posterior surface of the lung Inferior accessory fissure Separates the medial basal from the other right lower lobe segments Also called Twining’s line Left transverse fissure Separates the lingula from the rest of the left upper lobe segments Rarely seen

11 Azygos Fissure

12 Bronchopulmonary segments
Each lobe is divided into several bronchopulmonary segments Each is supplied by Segmental bronchus Segmental artery Segmental vein Each segment is named for its supplying bronchus Anatomy of the segmental bronchi is subject to variations – the most common being the origin of the apical segment bronchi from the trachea



15 Collateral air drift Very little connection between segments except via Pores of Kohn Openings in alveolar walls Connect adjacent alveolar lumens Canals of Lambert Connections between terminal bronchioles and adjacent alveoli Allow gas and fluid transfer between segments but not between lobes Ventilation of a segment is thus possible when its segmental bronchus is occluded = collateral air drift

16 Pulmonary arteries Pulmonary trunk leaves pericardium and bifurcates in the concavity of the aortic arch anterior to the left main bronchus

17 Right Pulmonary Artery
Longer than the left Passes across the midline below the carina and comes to lie anterior to the right main bronchus It bifurcates while still in the hilum of the right lung An artery to the right upper lobe passes anterior to the right upper lobe bronchus Interlobar artery to the right middle and lower lobes passes with the bronchus intermedius

18 Left Pulmonary Artery Left pulmonary artery spirals over the superior aspect of the left main bronchus to reach its posterior surface It is attached to the concavity of the aortic arch by the ligamentum arteriosum Pulmonary arteries further subdivide into segmental arteries that travel with the segmental bronchi, mostly on their posterolateral surfaces Pulmonary arteries supply only the alveoli

19 Pulmonary veins These do not follow the bronchial pattern
Tend to run in intersegmental septa Two veins pass to each hilum from lung tissue above and below each oblique fissure They enter the mediastinum slightly below and anterior to the pulmonary arteries The lobar veins on the right may remain separate – such that three veins leave the right lung and enter the left atrium The left pulmonary veins may unite and enter the left atrium as a single vessel

20 Bronchial arteries Supply the bronchi, visceral pleura and connective tissues of the lungs Arise from the thoracic aorta at the T5 or T6 level Usually one right and two left bronchial arteries Arise at the upper border of T5 When a second bronchial artery occurs on the right, it often arises from the third intercostal artery Bronchial arteries may also arise from the subclavian or internal mammary arteries Tissues supplied by the bronchial arteries drain to the pulmonary or bronchial veins


22 Bronchial veins Form two distinct systems Deep veins Superficial veins
Form a network around the pulmonary interstitium Communicate freely with pulmonary veins Form a bronchial venous trunk that drains to the pulmonary system Superficial veins Drain to the azygos vein on the right and the accessory hemiazygos vein on the left

23 Lymphatics Mediastinal lymph nodes that drain the lung are named according to position Pulmonary nodes Bronchopulmonary nodes Carinal nodes Tracheobronchial nodes Right and left paratracheal nodes


25 Lymphatics Lymph vessels of the lungs are in superficial and deep plexuses Superficial plexus beneath the pleura drains around the surface of the lungs and the margins of the fissures to converge at the hila and bronchopulmonary nodes Deep channels drain with the pulmonary vessels towards the hila Few connections between superficial and deep plexuses except at the hila Bronchopulmonary nodes drain to tracheobronchial nodes and paratracheal nodes and then into the bronchomediastinal trunks

26 Lung roots Roots of the lungs are formed by structures that enter and emerge at the hila Lie at T5-T7 level Right lung root lies below the arch of the azygos vein and posterior to the SVC and right atrium Left lung root lies below the arch of the aorta and anterior to the descending aorta

27 Pleura Serous membrane that
Covers the lung (visceral pleura) Lines the thoracic cavity (parietal pleura) Both layers are continuous with each other anterior and posterior to the lung root Below the hilum they hang down in a loose fold called the pulmonary ligament This allows descent of the lung root in respiration and distension of the pulmonary veins

28 Pleura Visceral pleura extends into the interlobar and accessory fissures At rest the parietal pleura extends deeper into the costophrenic and costomediastinal recesses than the lungs and visceral pleura Parietal pleura is supplied by the systemic vessels Visceral pleura is supplied by the bronchial and pulmonary circulation

29 Imaging of the Lungs


31 CXR L Lat

32 Pulmonary angiography

33 Bronchial angiography

34 CT


36 Dual-Energy CT

37 MRI

38 MRA/MRV & Dynamic Airway Imaging

39 Isotope V/Q Scanning



42 What’s missing?

43 Thank you

44 References Netter, F.H. (2011). Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier Ryan, S., McNicholas, M., Eustace, S. (2011). Anatomy for diagnostic imaging, 3rd ed. London: Saunders Elsevier Butler, P., Mitchell, A.W.M., Ellis, H. (1999). Applied Radiological Anatomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Karcaaltincaba M, Aktas A. Dual-energy CT revisited with multidetector CT: review of principles and clinical applications. Diagn Interv Radiol 2011; 17:

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