Chest x-ray anatomy
This tutorial has demonstrated the important anatomical structures visible on a chest x-ray. These structures were discussed in a specific order to help you develop a systematic approach to viewing chest x-rays.
- Trachea and bronchi
- Hilar structures
- Lung zones
- Lung lobes and fissures
- Costophrenic angles
- Soft tissues
Tutorial key points
- Some anatomical structures in the chest should be assessed on every chest x-ray
- Each of these anatomical structures should be viewed using a systematic approach
- There are also important structures that are obscured or become visible only when abnormal
Whenever you get the chance, after seeing a patient on the wards, spend some time looking at the patient's x-rays. Try to locate the anatomical structures you have learned about on every chest x-ray you look at.
You will learn more about chest x-ray anatomy when going through the tutorial on chest x-ray abnormalities.