A brief discussion of the standard theory of line broadening is presented together with an analysis of selected laser-driven implosion experiments. The effect of improved theoretical procedures on experimental analysis is discussed. In particular, we consider the combined effects of ion dynamics and opacity on line profiles used in the analysis of these plasmas. The experiments discussed were performed at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). The results presented in this paper illustrate the usefulness of plasma line broadening in diagnosing hot dense plasmas and in understanding fundamental plasma processes.