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Course description: 

Identify surface landmarks, planes, skeletal components and major muscles of the chest. This module, which features a cardiac ultrasound video and an animation illustrating how muscles and organs move during breathing, will help you describe the mediastinum, pleural cavities, heart, airway structures, and the pulmonary circulation system. The module also covers major arteries and veins in the thorax. Follow along at your own pace with easy-to-understand illustrations and interactive animation sequences that allow you to scroll through high quality CT and MR images that show normal findings of the thorax.

Sectional Anatomy Essentials Module 6: The Thorax is the sixth in a series of nine modules.



Course objectives: 

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to: 

• Distinguish the anatomical surface landmarks of the chest. 
• Explain the Addison planes. 
• Name the skeletal components located in the chest. 
• Identify the major muscles of the chest, locate their insertion points and describe their function. 
• Describe the levels of the 3 parts of the sternum with respect to the viscera or thoracic vertebrae. 
• Describe the structures separating the mediastinum and the pleural cavities. 
• Label the chambers of the heart on sectional images. 
• Identify and describe the airway structures in the chest. 
• Describe the course of blood as it passes through the pulmonary circulation system. 
• Describe the major arteries and veins located within the chest and upper arm. 
• State the vertebral level of the suprasternal notch, the sternal angle and the xiphisternal junction. 
• Identify the components that make up the breast. 
• Locate the anatomical structures of the thorax on applicable cross-sectional imaging studies.

This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium. 

Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

ASRT: American Society Of Radiologic Technologists

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