Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Susan Jett Lawson, RCP, RRT-NPS
  • Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Peer Reviewer(s): Kellianne McCaffrey, RRT, RCP
Item#: V7233
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

Chest X-Ray Interpretation, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7233
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This course is an updated version of Chest Roentgenography (V7167).

Expiration Date: October 1, 2018

It is important not only to be able to recognize the basic areas of normality and abnormality, but to establish a personal style of analyzing chest x-rays in a systematic fashion. Many pulmonary problems – including pneumothorax, displaced tubes, and the presence of foreign bodies – are detected on an x-ray before being discerned by other clinical examinations. This course is designed to instruct the practicing Respiratory Therapist how to interpret a chest x-ray, focusing on a clinical, practical application approach. Fundamentally, this course addresses two main forms of interpretation: ABCs and A-Z.

Course Objectives

  • Select a systematic approach that will be of the most help in the accurate and comprehensive interpretation of the adult chest x-ray.
  • Identify tapering of the large bronchi and notching of ribs and their significance.
  • Identify kyphoscoliosis, pectus excavatum, and an increased cardiothoracic ratio on a chest x-ray.
  • Evaluate the position of the hemidiaphragms when there is situs inversus on a chest x-ray.
  • Evaluate hilar areas, abnormal findings, and their clinical significance.
  • Distinguish between interstitial infiltrates and alveolar patterned infiltrates on a chest x-ray.
  • State the significance of a junctional line bulge.
  • State the probable interpretation when identifying a Kerley B line.
  • Identify collapsed lobes, a pneumomediastinum, a cavitating lesion, an area of overaeration, a pleural effusion, and a pneumothorax on a chest x-ray.
  • State the significance of calcifications in the pulmonary artery.
  • State the significance of translucent markings in the subcutaneous tissue layers.
  • Identify the position of the endotracheal tube on a chest x-ray.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine, at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Traci received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and her AS RT from Victor Valley College.

Kellianne McCaffrey, RRT, RCP, is a graduate of the Respiratory Therapy associate degree program at Victor Valley College.  

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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