What is a chest x-ray?
A chest x-ray is an image of the chest cavity which encompasses the heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways and lymph nodes. Additionally, the chest x-ray shows the bones, such as the chest bones, spine, ribs, collarbone and breastbone. The x-ray is the most common diagnostic testing used to find problems regarding the chest.
How does the chest x-ray help?
The x-ray is very helpful because it can find problems with the organs inside the chest. An x-ray technician can take two views of the chest. One is usually done from the back of the chest. The second view of the chest x-ray is usually done from the side. However, it is important to note that the x-ray isn’t always clear and doctors may need to order an MRI, a CT scan, ultrasound, or an echocardiogram.
What problems can be detected?
A chest x-ray is very informational, as it can detect problems with the lungs. For instance, an x-ray can help detect pneumonia, lung cancer, a collapsed lung, and cystic fibrosis to name a few. In regards to the bones in the ribs, spine, collar bone and breastbone, an x-ray can identify a fracture. Additionally, an x-ray will be able to show any damage with the blood vessels.
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