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
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, nurses and radiologic technologists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
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