The chest X-ray is the bread and butter of diagnostic imaging and among the most common radiologic studies throughout the world, and the combat hospital is no exception. Chest CT is also common in the battlefield hospitals, and not just for initial trauma, but for follow-up trauma (anywhere in the body), the ICU patients, wards, etc., as well. The chest is one of the major indicators of clinical status, and portable CXRs are done almost daily on every ICU patient. Checking the status of tubes and lines, aeration, atelectasis, effusions, contusions, other fluid collections on morning CXR’s is a daily activity in combat hospitals, not unlike many civilian hospital ICUs stateside and internationally.
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