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Chest x-ray - an approach (summary)

This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Chest x-ray review is a key competency for medical students, junior doctors and other allied health professionals. Chest radiographs are frequently performed and a fantastic tool for making diagnoses of acute and chronic conditions, as well as acting as a tool for follow-up.

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  • be systematic
    • get into a habit
    • do the same thing every time
  • initial review
    • who, what, why, where and when
    • quality
  • lines and tubes
  • A, B, C, D, E
    • airway
    • breathing (lungs and pleural spaces)
    • circulation (cardiomediastinum)
    • disability (bones... think fracture)
    • exposure (everything else)

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