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J Thorac Imaging. 1994 Fall;9(4):208-18.

Normal plain film examination of the heart and great arteries in the adult.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York.


A plain film chest examination is nearly always obtained in the management of patients suspected of cardiac disease. The wealth of diagnostic information obtained from posteroanterior and lateral thoracic images is often essential data needed to direct the evaluation and treatment of these patients. Appreciation of the normal cardiac, pulmonary, and great vessel anatomy provides a basis for the identification and characterization of the abnormal. Furthermore, the chest radiograph provides an important means to appreciate the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the morphologic changes in patients with congenital heart disease.

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