Chest X-ray: heart anatomy

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 […]

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Chest X-ray – mediastinum anatomy

The mediastinum describes the central structures seen on a frontal chest radiograph. Remember, left and right are “flipped” with sidedness determined by the patient’s perspective (their right and left). In the center of the chest is the heart and mediastinum. The mediastinal structures consist of the thymus, trachea/airway, esophagus/food pipe, lymph nodes and the large […]

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Chest X-ray: lung anatomy

Okay, let’s get into some basic anatomy of the lungs. First off it is critical for you to know that there is an “anatomic” position, meaning there is a standard convention for locating body parts. A person could be pictured laying on their back with hands down at their sides and palms up. Viewing is […]

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