X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your
lungs, airway, blood vessels, and
lymph nodes . A chest X-ray also shows the bones of
your spine and chest, including your
your ribs, your
collarbone , and the upper part of your
spine . A chest X-ray is the most common imaging test
or X-ray used to find problems inside the chest.
A chest X-ray
can help find some problems with the organs and structures inside the chest.
Usually two pictures are taken, one from the back of the chest and another from
the side. In an emergency when only one X-ray picture is taken, a front view is
usually done. Doctors may not always get the information they need from a chest
X-ray to find the cause of a problem. If the results from a chest X-ray are not
normal or do not give enough information about the chest problem, more specific
X-rays or other tests may be done, such as a
computed tomography (CT) scan, an
echocardiogram, or an
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
June 11, 2012
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