About this Program

Imaging Pathology of the Chest and Abdomen - Session 3

Recognition of the pathological processes presented in your images is key to ensuring a successful imaging exam. This video will review structures needed to be included on an upright abdominal image and review for free fluid versus free air.  A major focus on the importance of proper decubitus projection of the abdomen will be discussed.  

Session Schedule

Technical Stuff

  • Do you need the pelvis on the upright?
  • How free fluid displaces normal organs
  • How masses displace normal organs

Free Air vs. Air Fluid Levels

  • How do they differ?
  • Why do we do right side down decubitus projections of the abdomen only?

Calcifications in Organs and Vessels

  • kidneys
  • gall bladder
  • pancreas
  • arteries
  • spleen
  • pelvis

Review of Cases

Educational Objectives

  • Determine which structures need to be included on an upright abdominal image
  • Describe how free fluid and masses displace normal organs
  • Compare and contrast free-fluid versus free air
  • Explain why a decubitus abdomen image is done with left side down

How it Works:

  • Your On Demand CE activity that you purchased will be located in your “My Account” section once you log into the MTMI Website.
  • You have three attempts to pass each quiz.
  • You must earn a score of 75 % or higher.
  • Credit is recorded the day you submit and pass the quiz and is determined using Central time.
  • You have 30 days to complete and pass the quiz.
  • Once passed, access your MTMI “My Account” to print your “Certificate of Completion.”

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Debra Kendall

M.Ed, RT(R)(CV)(QM)(CT)

Debra holds a Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Instructional Technology from Texas Technical University in Lubbock Texas. She has 30+ years experience in education, diagnostic radiology and computed tomography.


Accredited training programs

ASRT Category A Credit Information

ASRT Category A

This program provides 2 hour(s) of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists approved by ASRT and recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states.  Category A credit is also recognized for CE credit in Canada.  You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.