Chest lateral decubitus projection/cross table lateral chest view

Clinical indication:

It is usually requested for the patients who are unable to sit or stand and it also demonstrate air-fluid levels in case of pathology, mediastinitis, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax

Region:

Lung apices, trachea, bronchus, mediastinum, costophrenic angle, ribs

Patient’s Position:

Place a support with thickness of 5-10cm on filming table and place the patient on support in lateral decubitus position.

Place the cassette on front of patient’s chest and put arm around cassette

Cassette:

Size: 14’’x17’’ Orientation: Portrait / landscape

FFD/SID:

100cm

Central ray:

Central ray towards the center of the chest with height of 7th thoracic

Grid:

Yes

Respiration:

Suspended with deep inspiration

Exposure factors:

60-80kVp 12-16mAs

Collimation:

Superiorly to above the shoulders, inferiorly to the 12th rib and laterally include skin margins

Chest lateral decubitus view
Chest lateral decubitus view

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