The Chest X-Ray Demystified

Approximate learning time

1 hour

Course Overview

Detailed interpretation of the chest radiograph is a skill that requires many years of clinical practice and experience. This programme is not intended to offer an exhaustive reference for chest x-ray diagnosis. But it will provide a useful and practical introduction to those practitioners who need to develop these skills.

Course Objective

At the conclusion of this programme the student will be able to:

  • Understand the factors that determine the technical quality of a chest x-ray including:
    • X-ray projection
    • Penetration
    • Rotation
    • Orientation
  • Analyse a chest x-ray in as systematic manner.
  • Recognise the appearance and features of a normal x-ray.
  • Recognise the features of:
    • Acute Left Ventricular Failure
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Consolidation due to Pneumonia
    • Lung Cancer
    • Pleural Effusion
    • Pneumothorax