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Early each morning, the radiology technicians will make rounds with the portable xray machine, doing routine chest xrays. All patients with breathing tubes and central lines will have a daily xray. This is done to verify tube positions, assess the chest for complications and monitor the lung for secretions or fluid (edema).
Xrays are processed and immediately available by computer. When all the morning xrays have been completed, xray rounds will be conducted to review all the morning films.
Radiology technicians may be seen throughout the day performing xrays as required. Xrays are done following the insertion of any central line, breathing tube or feeding tube, or to re-evaluate the patient should changes in their condition occur.
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