Chest X-ray - Airways and lung collapse

Normal chest x-ray

This is a normal chest x-ray of an adult woman. Note the following features.

  • Central trachea (blue lines)
  • No ROTATION - spinous processes (white line) half way between medial ends of clavicles
  • Adequate INSPIRATION - the mid-clavicular line (red line) intersects the diaphragm between the 5th and 6th ribs anteriorly
  • Good PENETRATION - thoracic spine visible behind the heart (ring)
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