Assessment of lungs, pleura and airways on chest x-ray (approach)

Described below is one approach to the assessment of airways, lungs and pleura on chest x-ray. Start by assessing the tracheal air column, followed by the lungs and finally the pleural spaces. 

  • assess position, should be central and deviation can be due to
    • positive mass effect, e.g. mediastinal mass, pleural effusion, tenion pneumothorax
    • negative mass effect, e.g. atelectasis, volume loss


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rID: 62201
System: Chest
Section: Approach
Tag: cases, refs
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