The chest x ray is the most frequently requested radiologic examination in fact every radiologst should be an expert in chest film reading the interpretation of a chest film requires the understanding of basic principles in this article we will focus on normal anatomy and variants systematic approach to the chest film using an inside out . Chest x rays cxr are a frequently performed radiological investigation that youll be expected to be capable of interpreting as due to the sheer volume of chest x rays requested they are often not reported immediately therefore before hitting the wards as doctors it is essential that you develop the ability to interpret chest x rays of particular importance is the ability to . A 10 video series discussing the interpretation of chest x rays the series assumes no prior knowledge of chest radiography and will cover everything relevant to chest x ray interpretation for . Chest x ray is also referred to as a chest radiograph chest roentgenogram or cxr depending on its density each organ within the chest cavity absorbs varying degrees of radiation producing different shadows on the film chest x ray images are black and white with only the brightness or darkness defining the various structures. A critical factor in the acquisition of a good quality frontal radiograph of the chest is the patients orientation with respect to the film or in this age of digital images with respect to the cathode ray cr device good quality chest radiographs are described as truly straight
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