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X-Ray Technique Quiz

1. Which of the following statements is true?
Most ICU chest films demonstrate significant findings.
ICU chest films are usually taken in the Posteroanterior (PA) view.
ICU chest films are both sensitive and specific.
The target to film distance is unimportant.

2. On which one or more of the following patients do daily portable x-rays need to be taken?
75 year old woman with a left subclavian central line.
Intubated 51 year old male suffering from COPD.
24 year old man status post appendectomy with two peripheral IV lines.
89 year old woman in the ICU for severe congestive heart failure.

3. Click on the three areas of the chest where supine AP and erect PA films most differ.

4. Ambient light can reduce the detectability of lesions on chest film.

5. Supine positioning of the patient affects which one(s) of the following?
Cephalization of the pulmonary vasculature
The appearance of a pneumothorax
Widens mediastinum
The appearance of pneumonia

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