2 IntroductionBedside CXR’s are most common (as opposed to taking the baby to the X-ray dept)Viewed using picture-archiving and communication system (PACS); useful for quick assessment without radiologist interpretationAP Frontal and lateral views most common
3 IndicationsIdentifying position of lines and tubes (OG, UVC, UAC, ETT…)Visualizing lung fields; correlated with physical assessmentPost intubation, post surfactant delivery, sudden distress…FBAO
10 Lateral DecubitusUseful in determining mobile pleural fluid and also to better identify a pneumothorax
11 Normal Chest AnatomyBone and metallic orthopedic hardwear appear bright white due to greater absorption of lightAir little absorption, less exposure on film, appears blackSoft tissue organs and fluid appear as shades of grayIncorrect exposure alters normal gray scale, appear whiter if under exposed
12 Reading a CXRAn accurately positioned chest x-ray will demonstrate the lung apices, lung bases, medial and lateral lung fields, and the costophrenic angle of each lung. An air filled trachea is seen superimposed in the midline of the upper thoracic vertebrae. The heart silhouette should be seen without rotation and the lower thoracic vertebral bodies slightly transparent through the mediastinum.
13 Right clavicle (A)Right scapula (B),Right fourth anterior rib (C), right eighth rib (D),Right costophrenic angle (E),Left lung apex (F),Aortic arch (G), hilum (H), heart (I),left lung base (J), Right hemidiaphragm (white arrow).
14 Reading a CXRThe PA or AP chest radiograph displays a wide range of structures with many superimpositions having various radiographic densities. Furthermore, overlying mediastinal or bony structures may obscure portions of the lungs. Therefore, it is important that image quality be optimal and positioning accurate for diagnosis of subtle abnormalities.
15 Reading a CXRHeart is composed of soft tissue of waterlike density, clearly demarcated by a distinct edge from adjacent air-filled lungIf the lung becomes waterlike from loss of air, atelectasis, filled with fluid/puss/PNA… the heart edge is no longer seenCalled a silhouette sign- two normal structures lose their distinct edge and blend together
23 Reading a CXR AP view accentuates heart size Pulmonary artery and veins form confluent areas on either side of the heart called the hilaEnlargement of the hila= increased pulmonary vessels or enlarged lymph nodesAortic Knob also seenMediastinum= heart, aorta, pulmonary branches, great vessels, thymus, vena cava
25 Close up of upper thorax in a patient with Coarctation of the Aorta Close up of upper thorax in a patient with Coarctation of the Aorta. The red arrows point to rib notching caused by the dilated intercostal arteries. The yellow arrow points to the aortic knob, the blue arrow to the actual coarctation and the green arrow to the post-stenotic dilation of the descending aorta.
27 Good TechniqueThis is a good radiograph of the infant chest. Notice that the exposure technique adequately penetrates the thoracic vertebrae.The head is straight so that the clavicles are not rotated. When performing a pediatric chest x-ray, it is important that the chest is not rotated. Structures such as the trachea should appear over the cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae. This is because the heart must be presented anatomically and its border with the thymus seen.Good alignment can help identify abnormal anatomical shifts due to congenital disorders (e.g. tetrology of fallot, dextrocardia, etc).Proper collimation was applied vertically to include the nasogastric tube (blue arrow) and umbilical catheter (red arrow). Overall, this is an excellently positioned and exposed chest x-ray. I would suggest that the proximal portion of the NG tube be moved upward in the future and chest lead moved from the lower lung field.
29 Critique?At first glance this radiograph may appear to be acceptable; however it is not.The main reason this radiograph should be repeated is motion artifact and quantum mottling. grainy image appearance (termed quantum mottling)Notice that the vascular lung marking are ill defined and the bronchi are not aerated. This is because the exposure was taken on expiration. Generally, pediatric radiographers know to watch the inspiration indicator on the ventilator rather than the patient so that exposure is made on full inspiration.When an infant is not on a ventilator the abdomen rises with inspiration and falls with expiration. The other issue is that the head is not in anatomic position, which causes a misrepresentation of the location of the tip of the endotrachael tube.
30 Critique ContinuedAlignment of the part is lacking in all directions. While this critique does not normally reference the absence of a position marker it should be noted that this is a serious breach when imaging infants. Congenital variations such as dextrocardia, situs inversus, and others such as transposition syndromes are diagnosed because position markers alert the physician.
32 Obviously there is mild chest rotation, wire artifact, and poor vertical collimation of the chest. These three radiographs show why it is important to carefully evaluate ventilated pediatric chest x-rays for motion artifact. On the left is the radiograph being evaluated. The middle radiograph shows the same chest x-ray in black bone window or what is called a positive image (black and whites are reversed). Notice that the lung markings are not seen on the middle radiograph. Compare this to the lung markings seen on the right radiograph. Observe how the lung markings and the heart are well defined on this radiograph. Also observe how motion artifact produces a faint heart shadow and lack of clear lung markings (middle radiograph). Now back to the original radiograph, which is a negative. Does motion artifact now stand out to you? When this radiograph is repeated turn the head to anatomical position, collimate vertically, and make the exposure at peak ventilator inspiration.
33 Case StudyA toddler was brought to the emergency department for increasing respiratory distress over the past few days. He has also had fevers, and was started on antibiotics by his family doctor with no improvement.In the emergency department he had SaO2 of 89% and was treated with oxygen. Prominent wheeze, with decreased air entry and occasional crackles were noted, predominantly on the right-side of his chest. He showed no response to repeatedly nebulized bronchodilators.Given this lack of response to therapy, chest radiographs were ordered:
34 A foreign body in the right main bronchus A foreign body in the right main bronchus. There is atelectasis (collapse) predominantly affecting the right lower lobe (note the distinct right heart border on the AP film, and patchy opacities below the foreign body on the lateral film).
35 Round-shaped foods are the most frequently aspirated objects: Peanuts, grapes, raisins, and hot dogs…Nonfood objects include all sorts of items — such as metal dowels from Swedish furniture. Conformable objects are the most difficult to manage and remove. Balloons are the objects most likely to result in death.
36 FBAOLarge objects tend to lodge in the upper airway and trachea (about 20% of airway foreign bodies). They are likely to cause obvious and dramatic signs of upper airway obstruction such as dyspnea, drooling, stridor, and cyanosis — which may ultimately cause death unless expeditiously removed.More common are smaller objects that pass through the subglottic space. They will usually lodge in a bronchus — usually the right main bronchus — or in a more terminal part of the airway.
37 FBAO Symptoms From the history: Coughing or choking episodes while eating solid foods (classically nuts), or while sucking a small plastic toy or similar object. This history should never be dismissed — a foreign body is almost always present in the symptomatic child.Persistent coughing and wheezing.Delayed presentations may shows symptoms of infection due to secondary tracheitis, bronchitis, atelectasis or pneumonia.If foreign body ingestion was unwitnessed, there may be no history of aspiration (about 15% of cases).On examination there may be:no physical signsreduced breath sounds over all or part of one lungWheeze: beware of the sudden onset of a ﬁrst wheezing episode in a toddler in whom there is no history of allergy, especially if it follows a choking episode.Features of a secondary tracheitis, bronchitis, atelectasis or pneumonia if presentation is delayed
38 FBAO Chest radiographs may show: radio-opaque foreign bodies obstructive hyperinﬂation (asymmetric)collapse/ atelectasisnormal (15% of lower airway foreign body aspirations)Some clinicians prefer full inspiration and full expiration films to check for hyperinflation (impossible in the uncooperative toddler). An alternative is to perform lateral decubitus films, looking for the absence of of decreased lung volume when the obstructed side is dependent. The films should include the nasopharynx to the chest.A normal chest radiograph does not exclude the presence of a foreign bodyBronchoscopy is indicated for all patients with a suspected inhaled foreign body, even if the chest radiograph is ‘normal’ — unless the child is completely asymptomatic with a normal physical and radiographic examination.
39 Peanut Rulerule -- children cannot eat peanuts if they are unable to touch their opposite ear by reaching over their head. Corresponds to about their fifth birthday
55 Treatment Conservative therapy +/- 100% oxygen If no underlying lung diseaseNo complicating therapyNo distressNo continuous air-leaksResolve in hrsOXYHOOD, or NC at 100%
56 Treatment Needle aspiration Equipment 21-23 G butterfly needle Cleaning solutionSyringe & 3-way tapProcedureClean skinInsert needle 2nd/3rd ICS MCLEnd of tubing under water & watch for bubbles orApply continuous suction to syringe until rapid flow of air