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March 13, 1981

Routine Chest X-ray Films in a Veterans Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Health Services Research Unit, Medical Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif; and the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. Ms Fang is now at George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1981;245(10):1056-1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310350044022

The routine chest x-ray films of 113 patients admitted to two general medicine wards at a Veterans Administration hospital were analyzed to determine the value of this examination in screening for new chest abnormalities. The admission chest x-ray films of 52 patients (46%) revealed abnormal findings. The prevalence of abnormality was much greater than in other recently reported series. This study suggests that obtaining routine admission chest x-ray films continues to be necessary for hospitals with a high prevalence of intrathoracic disease, such as those hospitals serving veterans.

(JAMA 1981;245:1056-1057)