Let’s fire through this so we can get into the fun stuff, pathology! Doctors are a quirky bunch and have a challenging career where interesting cases generally means bad news for the patient. However, collaborating with patients’ and healthcare providers as a team to treat, improve, and often overcome the scary situation is an amazing process! So check my prior post for a very cursory view of cardiac anatomy if you need it.
The frontal chest radiograph displays the left ventricle on the patient’s left and right atrium on the patient’s right. For all the non RT and radiologist readers, images performed by professional Radiation Technologists (RTs) document right or left with a marker containing the RTs initials on the image.
The lateral chest radiograph displays the left atrium (towards the head) and left ventricle (towards the feet) posteriorly/along the border towards the patient’s back. The right ventricle is the anterior border/towards the patient’s front.
Lastly I will mention the pericardium, but in most healthy patient’s it is pretty much invisible on the chest X-ray. You see, as with most organs in our body, there is a capsule around the organ/heart. There is a thin layer of fluid often between 2 to 4 mm thick providing lubrication for our beating hearts. Imagine the friction burn if it were rubbing against all the other things in our chest cavity/thorax.
Had a fun 8 mile trail run with a good friend who is a local ENT/Head and Neck surgeon here in Reno, NV today. Head and Neck Radiology is my personal favorite and we haven’t touched it yet. I might call an audible and shift gears.
Hey, I’m going to be posting a video this coming week to my about me page taking you inside my home to a radiologist’s cave to get an inside look at how teleradiology and on-call services can be provided. Please check it out and sound off on what you want for future blogs/vlogs. I will be doing some flouroscopy to honor a request from a local RT. If you have a topic of interest, make a request in the comments below!