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Reply to: ‘Pleural abnormalities in the Framingham Heart Study: prevalence and CT image features by' Araki et al
  1. Tetsuro Araki1,2,
  2. Gary M Hunninghake3,
  3. David C Christiani4,
  4. Hiroto Hatabu2
  1. 1Department of Imaging, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3The Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tetsuro Araki, Department of Radiology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston 02215, Massachusetts, USA; taraki{at}partners.org

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We appreciate the comments by Franzblau et al1 on our recent article ‘Pleural abnormalities in the Framingham Heart Study: prevalence and CT image features’.2 Our study described CT image findings of pleural abnormalities including pleural plaques and pleural thickening in the Framingham Heart Study. The prevalence of pleural abnormalities in the cohort was 1.5%, which could be an important index of asbestos exposure in the general population. We used strict criteria for diagnosing pleural abnormalities. CT images were evaluated by several radiologists …

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