What lies beneath

One of the key things in looking at x-rays is being able to visualise the anatomy – what does each shadow and each area of whiteness represent anatomically. The x-ray is a rough representation of the anatomy lying under the skin.

The image below is a great example of what you’re really looking at when you look at the CXR. The mediastinum on the CXR looks like a fairly boring blob of white, but what secrets it contains!

Thoracic Angio CXR

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Thoracic angio from farm6.staticflickr.com via medical school

And annotated


via Mike Cadogan on GMEP

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