Chest x rays made easy
In the first of a five part series, Elizabeth Dick takes you through a normal chest x ray
The aim of this five part series is to give you a basic system for looking at chest x ray films. They should enable you to say something sensible when presented with a film in your finals and be confident that you are not missing serious disease when you view a film on your own as a house officer.
Looking at chest x ray films - the system By the time you do finals you will have learnt a system for examining the abdomen; you also need to develop a system for looking at x ray films. This will reduce your chances of missing abnormalities and it will provide a structured patter to come out with in exams when you are under pressure.
Let's start by looking at a normal chest x ray film (fig 1). Use this film as a reference point during the rest of the article. Firstly,