Chest X-ray Quality

Key points

  • Is all necessary anatomy included?
  • Can the clinical question still be answered?

A chest X-ray should include the entire thoracic cage. Occasionally, important anatomical structures are not included. If the clinical question can still be answered then acquiring another image is not always necessary.

Image quality - anatomy inclusion

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Image quality - anatomy inclusion

  • First ribs?
  • Costophrenic angles?
  • Lateral edges of ribs?

Page author: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust UK (Read bio)

Last reviewed: July 2019