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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can xray be taken of the lungs? is that what pa lateral chest xray means?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Internal Medicine 38 years experience
A " normal " : Chest x ray consists of 2 pictures. One is shot through the chest from one armpit to the other , or laterally.The other picture is shot from the back to front of the chest , or posterior to anterior ( pa). A routine cxr consists of 2 films taken from the perspective of " pa and lateral".Of course , the lungs reside in the chest and that is how we x-ray them.
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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 39 years experience
Yes: It is the two standard views of the chest. Pa - posterior to anterior view and lateral view.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Does chest xray of pa lateral take a picture of the lungs?

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Dr. Yaseen Odeh
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Chest x-ray pa and lateral means your doctor wants to see lung in anterior posterior position and to see heart and behind it in lateral it shows the lungs, heart , and upper part of body , neck to abdomen. It shows if there is pathology in lungs, heart or mediastinum.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Chest xray pa lateral taken... Show problem of lungs if any?

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Dr. Aaron Shiloh
Aesthetic Medicine 29 years experience
Not sure: Not sure what your exact question is but a pa and lateral cxr will show many potential problems with the heart, lungs, and surrounding bones.
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A 51-year-old male asked:

Can a chest xray PA and lateral see lung tumor?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: If big enough, not always though, best test is a CT chest in identifying an early lung tumor. Many times a tumor is missed because of another process, such as pneumonia and repeat X-rays after pneumonia clears may identify remaining changes as a tumor.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between ap and pa lateral chest xray.. Which one shows the lungs as well?

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Dr. Ryan Polselli
Radiology 16 years experience
Both, but...: Both show the lungs. The difference is the direction the x-rays pass through the body. Pa stands for posteroanteriorly (back to front) and ap stands for anteroposteriorly (front to back). If possible, pa is preferred because the heart shadow is smaller and lung fields appear bigger...But this is difficult for patients who are bedridden because the machine would have to be under the patient.
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Last updated Nov 16, 2013

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