How to Read a Chest X Ray

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About this course

You have probably seen a chest x-ray (chest radiograph), or might even have had one taken. Have you ever wondered how to read a chest x-ray? When looking at a radiograph, remember that it is a 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional object. Height and width are maintained, but depth is lost. The left side of the film represents the right side of the individual, and vice versa. Air appears black, fat appears gray, soft tissues and water appear as lighter shades of gray, and bone and metal appear white. The denser the tissue, the whiter it will appear on x-ray. Denser tissues appear radiopaque, bright on the film; less dense tissues appear radiolucent, dark on the film.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Making Initial Checks
  • Assessing the Film Quality
  • Identifying and Aligning the X-Ray
  • Analyzing the Image

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

What you will learn

  • Making Initial Checks
  • Assessing the Film Quality
  • Identifying and Aligning the X-Ray
  • Analyzing the Image

Course Curriculum

Initial Checks

  • Making Initial Checks

Film Quality

Identifying and Aligning

Analyzing

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