As discussed in other chapters in this text (see Chaps. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25), the relatively low-cost chest radiograph is less commonly used as a primary diagnostic technique for determining the presence and severity of cardiac disease even when it provides diagnostic information (eg, pulmonary venous hypertension).
With the development of many new cardiac imaging techniques, familiarity with the altered anatomy and understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of a diseased heart are the cornerstones to appropriate interpretation of its radiographic manifestations. The conventional four-view cardiac series is tabulated in Table 17–1 and the views are illustrated in Fig.17–1C–F.
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TABLE 17–1. Conventional Four-View Cardiac Series
|PA view||With barium|
|Left lateral (lateral) view||With barium|
|45-degree RAO view||With barium|
|60-degree LAO view||Without barium|