The classic radiographic examination of the chest is used to detect any pathological changes of chest, thoracic organs and surrounding anatomical structures. Chest X-ray is one of the most common radiographic tests.
This procedure helps assess the shape and size of the heart, its location, helps detect any fluid in lungs which may indicate ineffective cardiac performance.
Chest X-ray is not dangerous because the amount of the radiation used during the process is extremely small.
Although, this method is cheap and quite safe to be used for the detection of cardiovascular conditions, in some cases it can be uninformative; thus, a patient with such condition as acute myocardial infarction may have normal chest X-ray results.