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What does poor inspiration film in a chest X-ray indicate?

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Dr. Indu Kumar


Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Question: My chest X Ray PA view is showing poor inspiration film. whereas all other things are normal
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Ideally chest X-ray is taken after holding respiration in full inspiration.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing to HCM,
I've gone through your query and understand your concern,

Ideally chest X-ray is taken after holding respiration in full inspiration.This allow better visualization of lungs and heart as it is descends down in inspiration.
Major problem is evaluating heart size if film is not in full inspiration.
Cardiac size may not be accurately evaluated.

In short,it is not a serious problem.If heart size is normal (even if chest x-ray is not in full inspiration) then it is not concerning.

Get well soon.

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