Diagnosis and Treatment Archive
Abnormal Chest X-Ray
What is a chest X-ray?

A chest X-ray is an X-ray that allows doctors to assess the chest, lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and diaphragm.

Chest X-Ray Overview 1

This simple overview includes good information on how the test is performed, as well as extensive examples of abnormal chest films.

Chest X-Ray Overview 2


What does it mean to have an abnormal chest X-ray?

Click here for information on what normal chest X-rays should look like, and what abnormal results may indicate.


Possible causes/diagnosis:

Because the chest film offers a look at such an extensive area of the body, abnormal results have many potential causes. Click here for a list of conditions under which the test might be performed. Click the links for more information about that diagnosis and why it would cause an abnormal chest film.


Science Links

Lungs and Respiratory System

This link offers a detailed overview of lung function and some of the major things that can go wrong with the lungs and respiratory system.