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Chest X-Ray

Chest X-Ray is a topic covered in the Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests.

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Synonym/Acronym:
Chest radiography, CXR, lung radiography.

Rationale
To assist in the evaluation of cardiac, respiratory, and skeletal structure within the lung cavity and diagnose multiple diseases such as pneumonia and heart failure.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings

  • Normal lung fields, cardiac size and shape, mediastinal structures, thoracic spine, ribs, and diaphragm.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

  • Foreign body
  • Malposition of tube, line, or postoperative device (pacemaker)
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumoperitoneum
  • Pneumothorax
  • Spine fracture

Timely notification to the requesting health-care provider (HCP) of any critical findings and related symptoms is a role expectation of the professional nurse. A listing of these findings varies among facilities.

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Citation

Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Chest X-Ray." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425293/5.1/Chest_X_Ray.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Chest X-Ray. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425293/5.1/Chest_X_Ray. Accessed August 20, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Chest X-Ray. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425293/5.1/Chest_X_Ray
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Chest X-Ray [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 August 20]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425293/5.1/Chest_X_Ray.
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