Approach to interpreting a pediatric chest radiograph

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Radiography has provided clinicians with the ability to detect subtle nuances and confirm overt and covert diagnoses. This article outlines a systematic approach to interpreting a chest radiograph for the advanced practice nurse practicing in an emergency department setting. Accurate interpretation of a normal versus an abnormal pediatric chest radiograph requires a standard, thorough approach by the clinician. The clinician should choose the best radiographic view based on age, compliance, history of present illness, and physical examination findings. The importance of interpreting a chest radiograph in a systematic manner avoids an approach that may lead to misdiagnosis. Collaboration with a physician ultimately ensures a safe diagnosis and effective treatment. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reuter-Rice, K

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 175 - 189

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1931-4485

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01261775-200607000-00003

Citation Source

  • Scopus