CXR: Pediatric I

Fig. 65.1
Normal pediatric chest X-ray


  1. 1.

    How do pediatric chest X-rays differ from those of an adult?


  2. 2.

    Consider this normal chest X-ray of an infant (Fig. 65.1). Is there a system for interpreting the image?


  3. 3.

    What points do you look for?


  4. 4.

    What is specific to each age group?


  5. 5.

    What should you not expect to see on an infant chest X-ray?


  6. 6.

    Do not forget?



  1. 1.

    Pediatric chest X-Ray differ from those of adults because:

    1. (a)

      They are difficult to obtain as cooperation is limited [1].


    2. (b)

      Chest X-rays change with age.


    3. (c)

      Children present with different conditions.


    4. (d)

      There are specific areas to review when interpreting a pediatric chest X-ray.


    5. (f)

      The thymus can cause confusion.



  2. 2.

    There are many ways of reading a CXR [2]. Adopt a method that suits you and stick to it. Here is an example:

    1. (a)

      Check ID and quality


    2. (b)

      Bone structure


    3. (c)

      Tracheobronchial tree and mediastinum


    4. (d)

      Heart silhouette


    5. (e)

      Contours of thorax


    6. (f)

      Lung fields


    7. (g)



    8. (h)

      Soft tissues


    9. (i)

      Lines, tubes, and artefacts



  3. 3.

    Points to look for:

    1. (a)

      Check ID and quality:

Sep 23, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on CXR: Pediatric I

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