X-Ray Chest 2V Front and Lat Oblique
X-ray imaging uses focused beams of ionizing radiation to create images of internal body organs, bones, and soft tissues. X-ray chest is performed to visualize airways, lungs, heart, mediastinum, bones, and great blood vessels. It is the quickest, oldest, and most used imaging modality.
To avoid missing a finding, these X-ray images are often taken from two angles, front and side (lateral oblique), as some structures can be better visualized from a different angle.
Why and when do you need this test?
Your doctor may advise this test if you have signs and symptoms of a disease or some deranged results of other medical tests related to the organs and structures of the chest.
Some of the indications of the X-ray chest include the following;
- Injury to the chest
- Chest pain.
- Chronic cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Lung infections (COVID-19) or abscesses
- To check for any nodules or fluid collection
- Abnormalities of the heart and aorta
- To check for the positioning of medical devices like chest tubes.
Do you need to prepare for the test?
It is an easy and quick test for which you do not need to make any special preparation. You may need to remove jewelry, metal clips, or any metallic thing that can interfere with the radiation and may affect the image. You should wear loose, easy clothing to feel comfortable.
What can you expect?
- In the X-ray room, you will be asked to stand against a wall with your chest pressed, over which a box with a special X-ray film or plate will be mounted.
- You will be asked to put your hands on your hips for a front view.
- The X-ray camera is attached to a large movable metal arm.
- For the lateral view, you will be asked to stand with your side against the metal plate and arms above your head.
- You need to stand still or hold your breath to prevent the images from getting blurry.
- If you are not able to stand, you may lie down on a table that has an X-ray film mounted underneath.
- It is a painless procedure that lasts for about 15-20 minutes.
Are there any risks to this test?
It is a non-invasive test that uses low doses of X-rays that poses no risks unless you are pregnant. The ionizing radiation may harm the developing fetus. If you are pregnant, you must inform your doctor.
What do the test results mean?
A radiologist will send a signed report to your doctor. Your doctor could tell you if the report shows any abnormality that may be causing your symptoms.
Some of the abnormal results may include the following;
- Ribcage injuries
- Emphysema or COPD
- Lung cancer
- Heart failure and other heart problems
- Fluid collection around the lungs or heart
- Pulmonary nodules, mediastinal or chest wall masses
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Other related tests may include:
- MRA chest (magnetic resonance angiography)
- CT Chest
- HRCT chest (High-resolution computed tomography)
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