Six to eleven percent of important findings are excluded in the CT FOV, and 2% of these can be seen on the scout film, thus highlighting its importance [Johnson et al., AJR Am J Roentgenol. 202:1256–1263, 2014]. Leonard Berlin’s article, reviewing the CT scout view: medicolegal and ethical considerations, admits that the scout film is unlikely to demonstrate a significant abnormality; however, because 85 million CT scans are performed a year, the scout film could help to identify nearly 2.5 million abnormalities not included on the CT scan FOV [Berlin, AJR Am J Roentgenol. 202:1264–1266, 2014]. The value of the scout film cannot be overstated; it provides an overview of the patient’s condition. Review of the scout film helps you to identify lines and tubes that you may otherwise have ignored. Orthopedic hardware assessment is facilitated on the scout film as is foreign body recognition. Scoliosis can be measured on the scout film [Ho et al., Spine (Phila PA 1976). 17:771–774, 1992]. Diaphragmatic elevation can be quantified on this view.
KeywordsChest tube Central line Endotracheal tube Feeding tube Sternal wires