A member asked:

I had 2 chest x rays done 2 different times with portable mechine i seen the image but did not see the ribs just lungs is that possible.

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Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

The ribs: Should always be seen on a properly performed chest X-ray, but portable chest X-rays are notorious for having less than optimal technique,so if the X-ray energy is too high("over penetration"), they may be "burned out" on the image and difficult to visualize.

Answered 10/4/2016

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