Virginia’s School of Medicine Chest Xray tutorials
Virginia’s Radiology department has created fantastic modules for students and residents to learn and practice how to read chest films.
There are two online courses that will be essential to your learning:
Some of this will be a review of what you have already learned through Dr. Eric Strong’s Youtube Videos, but the modules are basically a condensed summary, and take only 20 to 30 minutes to go through.
Two key areas you want to focus on are the Pathology section in the left sided menu bar, and the Post Test. The Post Test has a set of 30 questions with a nice summary and great explanations once you submit your answers.
During your ICU rotations, you will often be asked in morning rounds to read your patient’s chest x-rays. ICU films are often very different than those encountered in other inpatient settings or even the Emergency Room — in the ICU, there are various lines and tubes that you need to be able to identify appropriately.
For example. If you taking care of the ICU at night, and a patient just had an NG tube placed, your nurses will need your permission before they can start using it for medications. Radiology isn’t going to read your films right away, and you need to be able to identify if the tube is in the correct position to make sure the tube didn’t go through the trachea incorrectly.
The modules go through various situations you will encounter during your ICU rotations and are critical to review.