2 Objectives • List the reasons for obtaining a Chest x-ray Identify anatomical structures present on a chest film.• Recognize a normal chest radiograph.• Recognize and name the radiographic signs of atelectasis, consolidation, pneumothorax, pleural effusions, and hyperinflation frequently seen in patients with cardiopulmonary disease.
3 A Chest x-ray is very valuable in answering the following questions Thus, one can easily see the cost-effectiveness of this relatively simple test. In patient's with lung or heart disease, chest x-rays obtained at yearly, or longer, intervals may provide information about the progression, stability or improvement of disease.Is the heart enlarged or normal?Are there signs of heart failure and fluid overload?Does the patient have pneumonia or a collapsed lung?Is there evidence of emphysema?Are there findings of an aneurysm involving the aorta?Is there fluid in the sac that surrounds the lung?Is there free air under the diaphragm to suggest a hole in the bowel wall?Is there a tumor in the lung that could represent cancer?Are there changes of bronchitis or emphysema?
4 Standard PA or posterior – anterior Radiograph Patient usually uprightDistance of beam determines magnification and clarity• Place the films on the view box as though you were facing the patient with his left on your right side.
5 Standard Lateral Chest Radiograph Left side of the chest against filmholder (cassette); beam from right at a distance of six feet;Lesions located behind the left side of the heart or in the base of the lung are often invisible on the PA view because the heart or diaphragm shadow hides itthe lateral will generally show such lesions
6 X-rays are a study of densities DENSITIES Air < fat < liver < blood < muscle < bone < barium < lead.Air — least dense; most transparent or radiolucent; unobstructed beam or air-filled densities appear blackLungs, gastric bubble, trachea, ? bifurcation of bronchiFat — breastsFluid — most of what you see; vessels, heart, diaphragm, soft tissues, mediastinal structuresMineral — most dense (or radiopaque) of body structures; mostly Ca++; bones (marrow is aerated), aortic calcifications such as the aortic knob, ? calcification of the coronary arteries, old granulomas; bullets, safety pins, etc.
17 Normal Cardiac Anatomy (PA view) On PA projection, the right cardiac border is formed by the right atrium while the left cardiac border is formed by the left ventricle. The right ventricle and left atrium are superimposed structures and are not border forming. The Superior vena cava: forms a right paramedian border.1 = right brachiocephalic vessels 2 = ascending aorta and superimposed SVC 3 = right atrium (RA)4 = inferior vena cava (IVC) 5 = left brachiocephalic vessels 6 = aortic knob/arch 7 = pulmonary trunk8 = left atrial appendage (LA) 9 = left ventricle (LV)
23 How to Read a Chest X-ray Go from general observations to specific details.Sometimes a change may be so major that the old saw about missing the forest for the trees comes true.Read the Chest X-ray in a systematic fashion:L shoulderL chest wallLower ChestR chest wallR shoulderCervical spine and soft tissueChest / RibsHilumLungsPleura
24 LEFT SHOULDER GIRDLESoft tissues - look at overall amount, then check for the following: calcifications, obvious mass effect, abnormal air collectionsBones - look at each bone for abnormalitiesJoints- are articular relationships normal, joint spaces narrowed, widened, any calcification in the cartilages, air in the joint space, abnormal fat pads, etc.
26 LEFT CHEST WALLLook for overall thickness, subcutaneous emphysema, calcification.Look for sharp, distinct muscle fat planes
27 BREAST TISSUEIn males and females, some asymmetry can occur from standing with unequal pressure against the film holder.Notice how the apparent lung density changes from the lung area covered by the soft tissue of the breast to the lung area inferior to the breast.
28 ABDOMEN The visibility of structures is highly variable Gastric and bowel gas - Is amount and location normal?Check for free peritoneal airposition of patient will change location of free air.Look for calcifications and masses - can they be localized to a specific structure.
29 RIGHT CHEST WALLLook for overall thickness, subcutaneous emphysema, calcification.Look for sharp, distinct muscle fat planes.
31 NECK SOFT TISSUES AND SPINE Amount of soft tissue, presence of calcifications, subcutaneous emphysema, position and size of trachea.For the cervical spine, check alignment and note any major congenital abnormalities.Then look at specific parts of the vertebra and disc spaces, checking for erosions, boney destruction, disc / joint narrowing or other abnormalities.
32 THORACIC SPINE AND RIB CAGE Concentrate on the skeletal detail -- "look through" the mediastinum and lungs.First check overall alignment of the spine and symmetry of the rib cage, double check bone density (this is a gross estimate).
33 RIBS Compare individual ribs side to side 1. Posterior rib 2. Anterior Rib
34 Hilum (pleural = hila.)"lung root;" medusa-like tangle of arteries and veins on either side of the heart shadow.Irregular medial shadow in each lung where the bronchi and pulmonary arteries enter.Other structures in these areas, particularly lymph nodes, are normally so small as to be unapparent.
36 FRONTAL VIEW OF THE HILA On the frontal view most of the hilar shadows are the left and right pulmonary arteries.The left pulmonary artery is always more superior than the right, thus making the left hilum appear higher.Calcified lymph nodes may be visible within the hilar shadows.
43 PleuraCheck the frontal view for minor fissure thickness and location, and on the lateral view, look for minor and major fissuresThese are normally fine delicate structures that do not show up on the digitized images.
51 Silhouette Sign When two objects of the same density touch each other, theedge between them disappearsAB
52 Using the Silhouette Sign Right middle lobe silhouettes right heart borderLingula silhouettes left heart borderRight lower lobe silhouettes right hemidiaphragmLeft lower lobe silhouettes left hemidiaphragmWhere is this patient’s heart?
69 ConclusionShould be able to look at a CXR and determine whether it is normalIdentify obvious abnormalities on the CXR, including boney, soft tissue, cardiac and pulmonary pathologyBe able to understand basic radiology terminology