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what does shadow mean on a chest xray

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: A typical chest xray is not very specific. An abnormal chest xray should be followed up with a chest ct scan. A ct scan is very good to evaluate and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Often subjective, it: ... cd be benign or worrisome finding. Patchy opacity means something "more dense than air" is filling up patches (parts) of the lung. It cd be fluid ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maryam Shapland
16 years experience Emergency Medicine
Squished lung tissue: Basilar atelectasis is compressed lung tissue that is seen on Xray. It typically occurs because the patient did not take a deep enough breath during ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience Radiology
Need more info: Often, the word borderline is used to describe a finding in radiology that is at the upper or lower limits of normal. For more specificity in your ca ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Radiographs are: Shadowgrams - meaning everything in a view overlaps, which is why most require multiple views in different positions to be "complete". Usually, a rad ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
20 years experience Radiology
fluid: That is fluid around the lung- between the lung and the inside of the chest wall- see the difference between the lung on the right side of the picture ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Nonspecific: Density usually refers to something replacing what is normally air filled lung. Pneumonia, scarring, tumors, fluid, and lung that is not filling norma ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
An Increace in the: density of the tissues in that area.You will likely need more detailed imaging.Follow up soon with your doctor or see a Pulmonologist.This needs to be ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Azmat Qayyum
32 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Emphysema: This kind of. Chest. X-ray is usually seen in. Emphysema.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience Breast Surgery
Many things: A shadow on the mammogram could represent normal breast tissue, overgrown breast tissue, a benign tumor, a cyst, or a breast cancer, among other thing ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Xray: Will show the bones and help to see if there is fluid (an effusion) on the knee. It will show fractures and narrowing of the knee joint from arthritis ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience Addiction Medicine
It depends on: where in the spine the hypertrophy is but basically it is the overgrowth of some part of the spine.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
It depends: Shadow is a general term used in describing objects on a chest radiograph. For instance the heart creates a shadow on the x-ray. Can you be any more s ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Sheppeck
35 years experience Vascular Surgery
Normal chest: This refers ro the junction between the diaphragm and the ribs...A common place where fluid accumulates...Normally there is no free fluid within the c ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammat ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
On a chest xray,: The lungs are usually clear. A shadow (really an area of increased density compared to the air filled lung) can be 1 of 5 things. Fluid (water) - ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Many possibilities : Shadow could mean many things, including enlarged lymph nodes, mass, infection (infiltrate) among others. The exact meaning would depend on the contex ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
I Don't Know: The term is extremely non-specific and very non-informative. It could mean anything or nothing. Sorry.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Grissom
42 years experience Radiology
It depends: Something is blocking the x-ray beam passing through your lungs that causes the "white mass". Most commonly pneumonia. Cancer can cause a white mass, ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Young? Non-smoker?: Doctor will decide on follow-up depending on the risk of cancer. Probably less than half of the solitary nodules are cancerous, and the risk is likely ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
15 years experience Pulmonology
See below: is PTB "pulmonary tuberculosis"? I would need to know what that abbreviation is before providing a more detailed answer. Let me know.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Galli
26 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Size matters.: Not sure what a shadow is. Ct will say nodule/mass/scar/fibrosis/ground glass opacities/etc. All have different meaning and work up. Need to know actu ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience Pediatrics
Ask doctor: I would ask your doctor who ordered the x-ray what the finding represents and if any treatment is necessary.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hemalatha Gokhale
29 years experience Radiology
Meningeal herniation: A meningocele is a protrusion of the meninges, outer lining of the brain or spinal cord, and contains csf, cerebrospinal fluid.They can be congenital ... Read More
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