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X-Ray Chest PA

Also known as

Posteroanterior view chest X-ray, CXR

The poster anterior (PA) chest view X-Ray is ordered to examine the lungs, chest cavity, and its divisions (such as the mediastinum cavity) as well as the great vessels of the heart. Chest PA X-rays are a pain-free process and the most commonly preferred diagnostic examination to produce images of the heart, vessels, and the bones of the spine and chest, the lungs, and airways. Since the exam is also non-invasive, the PA view is frequently used to diagnose several acute and chronic conditions involving the thoracic cavity and spine. This procedure is done to evaluate for pathologies of the thoracic cavity. However, more diagnostic imaging, tests, and more physical exams may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Besides being used to examine many different conditions, the PA view serves as a highly used radiograph to diagnose acute gastric pain patients. This procedure is beneficial as a perforated ulcer most commonly causes this, and patients need immediate surgery.
Chest X-rays are the most common exam ordered in emergency rooms; this is the first procedure you will have if you are suspected of having lung or heart disease. The PA chest view can reveal many things inside your thoracic cavity, such as:
  • Your lungs’ health: the chest X-rays can detect tumors , infection, or gas/fluid collecting around a lung.
  • Chronic lung diseases: such as emphysema or cystic fibrosis.
  • Rib or spine fractures and other bone issues.
  • A heart-related lung condition. Fluid in your lungs may be caused by congestive heart failure.
  • The size and outline of your heart and blood vessels may point to heart failure, valve issues or fluid surrounding the heart, aortic aneurysms, or other blood vessel problems.
  • The presence of calcium in your heart/blood vessels; its presence may indicate fats in your vessels, damage to the heart valves, coronary arteries and heart muscle.
  • Your recovery after you've had chest surgery; Your doctor can observe lines or tubes placed during surgery to check for air leaks and fluid buildup.
  • The placement of a pacemaker, defibrillator, or catheter in surgery ensures everything is positioned correctly.
There is no special preparation needed for a chest PA view X Ray. However, it is crucial to tell the X-ray technician if you are pregnant since X-Rays are not to be used on pregnant women because of the potential risk of exposure on the developing fetus. Before the procedure, you are required to remove your clothing and put on a hospital gown. Additionally, you will be asked to remove accessories and jewelry from the waist up, such as earrings, piercings, glasses, hairpins. You must remove all metal objects since metal can obscure the image and disrupt test results. You should also tell the x-ray technician if you have surgically implanted devices such as pacemakers or artificial heart valves.
The technician will explain to you how your body needs to be positioned and answer any questions you may have. You will be required to set yourself between a plate that creates the image (with X-ray film or digitally) and the machine that produces the X-rays. During the PA view, you stand against the plate, hold your arms up or to the sides, and roll your shoulders forward. You may even be asked to put your hands on the hips' posterior aspect, flex your elbows, or place your hands on the image receptor in a hugging motion. The X-ray technician will ask you to take a deep breath and hold it for some time. Holding your breath allows your heart and lungs to show up better on the x-ray film, gives you time to prepare, and results in a much higher quality radiograph. Having X-rays taken is generally pain-free, and you will not feel anything as the x-rays pass through your body. However, you can have the exam while sitting or lying on your back if you have issues standing.
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Your doctor or radiologist will use your x-rays to look for signs in the radiograph that may indicate if you have heart failure, fluid around your heart or lungs, cancer, pneumonia, or another condition. Your physician can then discuss the results of your x-ray with you and describe what treatments and tests, or procedures may be necessary.