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
This tutorial demonstrates some of the important anatomical structures visible on a chest X-ray. These structures are discussed in a specific order to help you develop your own systematic approach to viewing chest X-rays.
By the end of the tutorial you will be familiar with all the important structures of the chest, which should be checked whenever you look at a chest X-ray. The tutorial also discusses anatomical structures that are not easily seen, but become visible when abnormal due to disease. You will learn more about these structures and diseases in the tutorial on chest X-ray pathology.
Before you start, have a look at the normal chest X-ray below.