Chest x-ray: airway (summary)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Chest x-ray review is a key competency for medical students, junior doctors and other allied health professionals. Using A, B, C, D, E is a helpful and systematic method for chest x-ray review where A refers to assessment of the airways.

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Summary

  • introduction
    • airway assessment often overlooked
  • procedure
    • start at the top of the film
    • find the trachea in the midilne
    • trace it down to the carina
    • trace the right main bronchus
    • return the carina and trace the left main bronchus
    • the angle between the two should be between 50 and 100 degrees
  • checklist
    • is the trachea is straight and midline?
    • is there any evidence of narrowing?
    • is the carina wide (more than 100 degrees)?
Medical student radiology curriculum
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rID: 32411
System: Chest
Section: Approach
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