Radiology/Chest xray depth


Hi. If I've had my lungs xrayed recently would that show up any damage or tumors on the ribcage? Or are the lungs and ribcage xrayed at different depths?

Hello, Philip.

Yes, the techniques used to x-ray the lungs are different than those used to visualize the ribs. Rib x-rays have more contrast (more black & white) and x-rays for lungs have more shades of gray.

That said, it is entirely possible to see damage or tumors of the rib cage in a chest x-ray. However, it is also easy to miss rib pathology while interpreting a chest x-ray due to positioning and/or film contrast.

Hope this helps,


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Please do not ask me to diagnose or interpret images. I am not qualified to do so. I will reject all questions asking for my interpretation of images. I am the photographer, not the physician. I cannot "read" x-rays. Please consult a physician for that information. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.


I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology and am registered as an X-ray, CT and MRI Technologist.

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