How to Understand a Chest X-Ray, Part 2 - CMEZ701

How to Understand a Chest X-Ray, Part 2

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M)
(4.6 / 36 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


The chest X-ray includes three important organ systems: the lungs, heart and mediastinum. In addition, there are other structures, such as the ribs, diaphragm, pleura and clavicle, that can be assessed. It is important to understand that the CXR is not a very sensitive technique, and the findings must be collaborated with patient history and/or physical findings. The only way to be proficient in reading a CXR is to practice the art regularly. This module presents the more common CXR pathologies encountered in daily medical practice.


The goal of this radiology continuing education program is to provide physicians, nurses and radiologic technologists with information on how to identify common disorders seen on a chest X-ray. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List the common types of pathology seen on a CXR
  • Discuss the CXR features of a pneumothorax, pneumonia, mediastinal mass, atelectasis and pleural effusion
  • Describe complications associated with central lines, pacemakers and nasogastric tubes that are seen on a CXR

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There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 1/17/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/17/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/31/2017

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William S - catonsville, MD  ·  Dec 06, 2017
Very good coarse in reading chest x rays
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YOHANNES G - hawthorne, CA  ·  Oct 22, 2017
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GINA C - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Oct 16, 2017
excellent visualization
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Editha B - Pensacola, FL  ·  Sep 30, 2017
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Evan E - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Aug 15, 2016
Good review of topic
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50