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Step 1 of CXR interpretation?

DP RIP
Details (patient details, Xray date and time, previous Xrays)
Projection (Supine/standing. PA/AP - hard to interpret can't comment on cardiac size)
Rotation (poor/well centred - heads of clavicles equidistant from spinous processes)
Inspiration (poor/good - 6 anterior ribs above diaphragm, hyperinflation in COPD)
Penetration (well, over - can see vertebrae too clearly behind heart, under - cant see vertebrae)

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A in CXR interpretation?

Airways - trachea, carina, hilar (symmetry, size, density)

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Where should an NG tube pass over?

The carina of the lungs ensuring its in the stomach

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What does bilateral enlargement of the hilum commonly indicate?

Sarcoidosis (hilar lymphadenopathy)

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What does unilateral hilar enlargement suggest?

Malignancy

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What is the hilar region?

Main pulmonary vasculature and major bronchi
Lymph nodes that arent usually visible

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B in CXR interpretation?

Breathing - look for lung markings in all zones (different from lobes)
(apices, upper, middle, lower), compare each zone, look at pleura (should not be visible, thickening in asbestosis)

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What does increased shadowing in lung zones indicate?

Consolidation, malignancy

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What does an absence of lung markings indicate?

Pneumothorax (look for thin pleural lining)

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C in CXR interpretation?

Cardiac - heart size (<50% of thoracic width, >50% indicate cardiomegaly), heart position (1/3 on RHS of midline, 2/3 on LHS midline), heart border (RA, LV), aortic knuckle and descending aorta

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What does a displaced heart suggest?

Tension pneumothorax

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What does an obscured aortic notch/descending aorta suggest?

Left lower lobe disease

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What does a loss of definition in the heart borders suggest?

Right heart border - R middle lobe consolidation
Left heart border - L upper lobe consolidation (lingula area)

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D in CXR interpretation?

Diaphragm - check hemidiaphragm and costophrenic angles (normally dark and sharply pointed, right hand side is often a bit higher due to liver, gas can be seen over stomach). Look for gas under the hemidiaphragm (small bowel perforation - help + CT abdo)

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What does blunting of the costophrenic angle suggest?

Pleural effusion, consolidation, lung hyperinflation

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What does clouding of the hemidiaphragm suggest?

LLL or RLL consolidation

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What does a hemidiaphragm thats moved up indicate?

Lobar collapse

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What does a flattened hemidiaphragm suggest?

Over expanded lungs (COPD)

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E in CXR interpretation?

Everything else - Bones (lytic/fractures), tubes (ET, NG, central venous), pacemakers (left clavicle), valves

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5 review points on a CXR?

Lung apices
Retrocardiac
Diaphragm for intrperitoneal gas
Small pleural effusion in costophrenic angles
Pleural effusion in fissures

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What does trachea deviate away and to?

Away: pneumothorax, large pleural effusion
To: consolidation

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Why is the RHS more commonly affected by aspiration pneumonia?

R bronchus is shorter, wider and more verticle

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What is the aortic knuckle?

Aorta as it arches over left main bronchus

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How can you localise lung disease?

RLL: diaphragm obscured
RML: loss of LH border, sharp demarcation at horizontal fissure
RUL: sharp demarcation at horizontal fissure
LUL: RH border loss, loss of aortic knuckle
LLL: diaphragm or descending aorta obscured

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Signs of pneumonia on CXR?

Shadowing in the lung fields indicating consolidation
(lobar or diffuse)

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Signs of pleural effusion on CXR?

Blunted costophrenic angles, meniscus sign (hemidiaphragm inverted)

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Signs of pneumothorax on CXR?

Loss of lung markings, visible pleural lining

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Signs of lung Ca on CXR?

Consolidation, mass, effusion

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Signs of pulmonary odema on CXR?

Alveolar bat wings
kerly B lines (interstitial pulmonary odema, bat wings)
Cardiomegaly
Dilated upper vessles
Effusion

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What is consolidation on a CXR?

Shadowing of the space usually occupied by air can be difficult to know diagnosis may need CT and bronchoscopy (clinical picture will be infective or Ca etc)