Chest radiograph

The chest radiograph (CXR) is the most ubiquitous radiological investigation.

The chest radiograph is performed for a broad content of indications, including but not limited to 1-4:

  • PA view
  • lateral view
    • performed erect left lateral 
    • ideal for localisation of suspected lung lesions when taken in conjunction with the PA view
    • examines the retrosternal and retrocardiac spaces 

Other forms of the chest radiographs are performed in a variety of clinical scenarios, usually if the patient is unable to tolerate a standing PA radiograph:

The patient should be asked to remove all clothing and jewellery from the waist up and dress in a hospital gown. Long hair should be worn up.

Chest x-ray
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rID: 14511
System: Chest
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • CXR
  • Frontal chest radiograph
  • Chest x ray
  • Lateral chest radiograph
  • PA CXR
  • AP CXR
  • Chest x-ray
  • Chest radiographs
  • Chest x-rays
  • Chest Tele-Roentgenogram

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    Case 1: normal PA chest
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    Case 2: annotated PA
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    Case 3: PA inspiratory
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    Case 4: PA expiratory
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    PA and lateral ch...
    Case 5: lateral chest
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    Case 6: supine
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    Case 7: lateral decubitus
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