Saturday May 06, 2006
ABCDEF of CXR
There are many mnemoics we use in medicine. One mnemonic easy to teach house staff so they don't miss things on chest x-ray is
A (Abnormal) Air and Aqua - (like pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pleural effusions or even free air below right diaphragm).
C Cardia (like pericardial effusion, vena cavae, aortic knob and other cardiac contours)
D Densities (infiltrates, masses and lesions - also include hilar area)
E Elevation of diaphragm (should also take care of atelactasis)
F Foreign bodies (lines, tubes, devices etc).