Coronary artery stent

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Coronary artery stent

  • Coronary stents may be visible on chest X-rays

ECG buttons

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ECG buttons

  • Following a 12 lead ECG (electrocardiogram) this patient’s ECG buttons remain stuck to the skin of the chest wall and were not noticed by the radiographer at the time of this chest X-ray
  • If appropriate, artifacts should be removed from the chest wall prior to taking a chest X-ray
  • Sometimes a patient is too unwell for these to be removed – as in many of the other images in this gallery

Other medical artifacts

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Other medical artifacts

  • This X-ray was acquired to verify the position of the temporary pacing wire – the only internal artifact visible in this image
  • Very sick patients frequently have a large number of lines, tubes and other artifacts projected over the chest X-ray
  • It is often not appropriate for these to be removed prior to acquisition of a chest X-ray
  • If you cannot identify an artifact on a chest X-ray then its identity can be checked by examining the patient or checking the notes
  • Note: This is NOT how defibrillation pads should be positioned for use