Chest X-ray

The main use of a chest x-ray in cardiology is to provide information about the overall size of the heart, as well as looking for signs of heart failure and fluid overload? It can of course also look at the lungs (e.g. for infection, pneumonia, collapse and emphysema) and the ribs.

Although there are radiographic rules about whether a heart is enlarged or not on a chest x-ray, it can sometime be misguiding, and if there is doubt an echocardiogram is used to measure the heart size accurately.

Please note:

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is up-to-date and accurate. However, it is intended to serve as a guide only. Symptoms may vary and if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a healthcare professional.