A chest x-ray image shows the ribs and the organs inside your chest. It makes it possible to see the heart, blood vessels, and lung fields. In infants we may be able to see the thymic gland. An x-ray may help determine if the blood flow to the lungs is normal, increased, or decreased. It also helps determine the relative size of the heart to the chest wall.
An estimation of the heart size in correlation to the diameter of the chest wall is called a cardiothoracic ratio (CTR or CT ratio). This measurement will help determine if the heart is enlarged or normal in size.
The chest x-ray may also pick up other abnormalities such as pleural effusion, which is an accumulation of fluid around the lungs. The diaphragm and back spine are also visualized. Patients with a congenital heart defect may have abnormalities in any of the above structures.
Children's Heart Specialists, PSC is committed to provide comprehensive pediatric cardiac services to infants, children and young adults. We strive to insure the highest quality in non-invasive cardiovascular testing. Our medical staff is committed to being board certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.
Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care with compassion and respect to our patients and their families.