Chest x ray template

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Charmaine Patel, M.D. [2]

Introduction to the Chest X-Ray Page

  • The page name should be "(Disease name) chest x-ray", with only the first letter of the title capitalized.
  • Goal: To provide a description and examples of key chest x ray findings that may occur in the disease you are describing.
  • As with all microchapter pages linking to the main page, at the top of the edit box put {{CMG}}, your name template, and the microchapter navigation template you created at the beginning.
  • Remember to create links within Wikidoc by placing [[square brackets]] around key words which you want to link to other pages. Make sure you makes your links as specific as possible. For example if a sentence contained the phrase anterior spinal artery syndrome, the link should be to anterior spinal artery syndrome not anterior or artery or syndrome. For more information on how to create links click here.
  • Remember to follow the same format and capitalization of letters as outlined in the template below.


  • The overview section should include the disease name in the first sentence.
  • The goal is to summarize the chest x-ray findings page in several sentences. This section can be the same as the chest x-ray segment on the overview page.
  • To see an example of an overview section on a chest x-ray page, click here.


  • First Sentences:
There are no [location] x-ray findings associated with [disease name].
On [location] x-ray, [disease name] is characterized by [x-ray finding 1], [x-ray finding 2], [x-ray finding 3].
  • Examples:
Example 1: There are no chest x-ray findings associated with knee osteoarthritis.
Example 2: On chest x-ray, congestive heart failure is characterized by cardiomegaly, Kerley B lines, peribronchial cuffing, hazy vascular contour, thickened interlobar fissures, consolidation, and pleural effusion.

Preferred Template Statements

IF there are no x-ray findings associated with the disease:

  • There are no x-ray findings associated with [disease name].

IF an x-ray is useful for diagnosis:

  • An x-ray may be helpful in the diagnosis of [disease name]. Findings on an x-ray suggestive of/diagnostic of [disease name] include [finding 1], [finding 2], and [finding 3].

IF an x-ray is not helpful for diagnosis, but may be helpful in identifying complications of the disease:

  • There are no x-ray findings associated with [disease name]. However, an x-ray may be helpful in the diagnosis of complications of [disease name], which include [complication 1], [complication 2], and [complication 3].

Key Chest X-Ray Findings in (Disease Name)

  • Describe in detail the key chest x-ray findings that may be seen in the disease you are describing, as well as in sub-classifications of the disease, and associated conditions.
  • Describe the reason for the findings, and any special names that may be designated to the findings (eg. Hampton's hump).
  • For an example of the Chest x-ray findings segment in an chest x ray page, click here.

Chest X-Ray Examples of (Disease Name)


  • References should be cited for the material that you have put on your page. Type in {{reflist|2}}.This will generate your references in small font, in two columns, with links to the original article and abstract.
  • For information on how to add references into your page, click here.

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