Normal Chest X Ray Trachea. Comparison of pa vs. Normal trachea and main bronchi.
Note the larger appearing heart on the ap view. The trachea passes to the right of the aorta and so may be slightly off mid line to the right. Ap views of chest x rays.
Any deviation from the midline could suggest that the patient was either rotated at the time of the chest radiograph the presence of a mediastinal mass or presence of a tension pneumothorax.
Often a lateral view usually accompanies a pa ap chest x ray this can be helpful in settings where the single. Chest x rays produce images of your heart lungs blood vessels airways and the bones of your chest and spine. This is because the distance is increased between the film and the heart allowing for the x rays to spread for a greater distance before developing the film lateral views right left. A frontal radiograph shows that the tracheal air column is fairly straight and located in the midline except at the level of the aortic arch aa where the trachea is indented and may be slightly deviated to the right the trachea divides into a short right main bronchus and a longer and more horizontal left main bronchus.