Chest radiograph

Peter DeBlieux, Lisa D Mills

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INDICATIONS The chest radiograph(CXR)is the most commonlyordered plain film in emergency medicine and has correspondingly broad indications. It is ordered to evaluate patients with chest pain, breathing complaints, thorax trauma, fevers, and altered mental status. Patients who complain of chest pain have a broad differential diagnosis, andCXRis one of the first screening tests to be applied in chest pain complaints. This study is relevant when cardiac or pulmonary processes are suspected. CXR should be obtained when patients are suspected of having an occult infectious process, presentingwith fever, altered mental status, or hypotension. A screening CXR helps initially evaluate patients for thoracic injury after thoracoabdominal trauma. DIAGNOSTIC CAPABILITIES CXR is useful to diagnose or identify primary cardiac and pulmonary pathology, abnormal pleural processes, thoracic aortic dilation, aspirated foreign bodies, and thoracic trauma. In cardiac disease, the CXR reveals pulmonary edema, moderate to large pericardial effusion, and cardiomegaly. CXR shows multiple primary pulmonary processes. It reveals infectious processes, such as lobar pneumonia, tuberculosis, atypical pneumonia, empyema, and lung abscess. Pulmonary processes such as pneumonitis, hyperaeration due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, and lung masses are evident on CXR. Pleural processes such as pleural thickening, pneumothorax, hemothorax, and pleural effusions are also evident on CXR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Emergency Radiology
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages45-64
Number of pages20
Volume9780521870542
ISBN (Print)9780511551734, 9780521870542
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Thorax
Lung
Chest Pain
Pneumonia
Wounds and Injuries
Fever
Hemothorax
Lung Abscess
Thoracic Injuries
Empyema
Pericardial Effusion
Emergency Medicine
Cardiomegaly
Pneumothorax
Pulmonary Edema
Pleural Effusion
Motion Pictures
Foreign Bodies
Hypotension
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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DeBlieux, P., & Mills, L. D. (2008). Chest radiograph. In Clinical Emergency Radiology (Vol. 9780521870542, pp. 45-64). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511551734.003

Chest radiograph. / DeBlieux, Peter; Mills, Lisa D.

Clinical Emergency Radiology. Vol. 9780521870542 Cambridge University Press, 2008. p. 45-64.

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DeBlieux, P & Mills, LD 2008, Chest radiograph. in Clinical Emergency Radiology. vol. 9780521870542, Cambridge University Press, pp. 45-64. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511551734.003
DeBlieux P, Mills LD. Chest radiograph. In Clinical Emergency Radiology. Vol. 9780521870542. Cambridge University Press. 2008. p. 45-64 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511551734.003
DeBlieux, Peter ; Mills, Lisa D. / Chest radiograph. Clinical Emergency Radiology. Vol. 9780521870542 Cambridge University Press, 2008. pp. 45-64
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