This page is dedicated to covering how the heart will appear across different radiological studies.
A chest X-ray is a very routinely ordered study, and a core component of reading a chest X-ray is to evaluate the appearance of the heart.
One of the initial evaluations can be to check the size of the heart. The cardiac width should be ≤ 50% of the thoracic width.
While the resolution is not the greatest on a chest X-ray, the general chambers of the heart can be appreciated.
Page Updated: 10.06.2016