Understanding the Chest X-Ray, Part 1 - RAD697B

Understanding the Chest X-Ray, Part 1

by Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M)
(4.7 / 61 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Understanding a chest X-ray requires basic anatomical knowledge. Before you can interpret a chest X-ray, you must understand some of the technical details about how the image is reproduced. The chest X-ray shows the lungs, heart, and mediastinum. You also can use chest X-rays to assess structures such as the ribs, diaphragm, pleura, and clavicle. Although it is the most common X-ray, the chest X-ray is not a sensitive technique, and findings must be assessed together with patient history and/or physical findings. The only way to become proficient in understanding the chest X-ray is to practice the art regularly.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide nurses and radiologic technologists with information on the appearance of normal anatomy on a chest X-ray. This will help them assessed on a plain chest X-ray better identify pathologic conditions. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the proper approach to obtain a quality chest X-ray image
  • Identify structures that usually are visible on a chest X-ray
  • Describe how the anatomy of the thorax is assessed on a plain chest X-ray

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including imaging and radiation therapists and nurses.
Imaging and radiation therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 11/18/2019 to 12/1/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 11/6/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/1/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Tamara V - Center Point, IA  ·  Apr 03, 2020
it was a very good review of chest anatomy
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Quanla K - NEW PORT RICHEY, FL  ·  Mar 24, 2020
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April S - La Fontaine, IN  ·  Mar 18, 2020
This is an excellent review of why you're doing a chest x-ray
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Kay W - Throckmorton, TX  ·  Mar 12, 2020
This was a very good review.
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Michael L - La Porte, TX  ·  Mar 06, 2020
basic but good review of chest x ray
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00