Chest X-ray Interpretation


  1. To understand the basic terminology and techniques of chest x-rays
  2. To gain familiarity with "the normal chest x-ray"
  3. To learn and practice a standardized sequence of chest x-ray interpretation
  4. To learn and be able to recognize several common chest x-ray abnormalities

Suggested Readings:

  1. Goodman, Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, Third Edition, 2006.   Amazon link
  2. Novelline, Squire's Fundamentals of Radiology, Sixth Edition, 2004.   Amazon link
  3. Daffner, Clinical Radiology: The Essentials, Third Edition, 2007.   Amazon link
  4. Introduction to Chest Radiology, from University of Virginia School of Medicine website
  5. Chest xrays made easy, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, from Student BMJ website
  6. Lieberman's Interactive Tutorials in Radiology (from Harvard):
    1. Systematic Approach to Evaluating Chest Xrays (75 minute voice over tutorial)
    2. Other tutorials (including more on Chest, Abdominal and Musculoskeletal xrays)

Students should be familiar with the following:

  1. CHF with pulmonary edema
  2. Alveolar infiltrates (lobar pneumonia)
  3. Interstitial infiltrates
  4. Pulmonary mass(es)
  5. Pleural effusions
  6. Pneumothorax
  7. Pneumoperitoneum (air under the diaphragm)
  8. Subcutaneus emphysema