When is chest radiography performed in the workup of emphysema?

Updated: Mar 13, 2019
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Conventional chest radiography is generally the first imaging procedure performed in patients with respiratory symptoms, and frontal and lateral chest radiographs may reveal changes of emphysema. A chest radiograph is universally available, noninvasive, and inexpensive, and it poses an acceptable radiation exposure. [1, 2, 3]  Chest radiographic findings are not good indicators of the severity of disease and do not help in identifying patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) without clinically significant emphysema. [4, 5]

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