The vast incidence and prevalence of cardiothoracic pathologies worldwide makes imaging of the chest an integral part of patient care. With their universal availability, lower cost, lower radiation dose and rapid acquisition time compared to CT, chest X-rays play an integral part in the imaging of any patient in the emergency department with respiratory or cardiovascular complaints.
After reviewing this article, the student should be able to:
- Explain the protocols and procedures of chest X-Rays.
- Define the anatomy for a chest X-Ray.
- Identify the exposure of chest X-Rays.
- Understand the technique and pathology of chest X-Rays.