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xray of lung cancer

A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Easily: Some cancers do not ever show up on x-ray, others look like pneumonia. A chest ct is often needed.
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Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: Unfortunately there is a limit to the resolution of a chest x-ray. Small lesions can be missed. In addition, a chest xray is just a 2 dimensional pr ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Especially, if they are near the point at which the vessels and airways enter the lung, they can be concealed by the other solid tissues. Or a cancer ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
White round circle: Lung cancer tumors look like white round circles on cxr.
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Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Varies: Most lung cancers are solid masses on x-ray, but it can also look like pneumonia, or as a cavitary mass (hole in the middle). Abnormalities on x-ray n ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Density: The tumor is dense so it blocks x-rays and shows up as a white circular mass on x-ray.
Dr. Christopher Kwon
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
May vary: It may look like a small round nodule with smooth or spiculated edges. In some instances, it may have the appearance of ground glass or pneumonia. T ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It varies: It can be a mass, or unusual calcifications, or an unusual "infiltrate" on a chest x-ray. In other words, it can have many different appearances. A ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Weeks to months: There is no hard and fast rule. In studies that tried to detect lung cancer early using a chest x-ray, almost half of the cancers appeared within a ye ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Especially, adenocarcinomas in the apex can be very small and hide behind other structures.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
NO: The x-ray may be one of the first studies ordered. But, plain film radiograph (x-ray) does not rule out cancer. Ultimately, the majority of abnormalit ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Density: Can be circumscribed, or spiculated increased density anywhere in the lungs. May present as a pneumonia, coin lesion, with or without fluid, or pain ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Hmm: May show on a chest x ray but usually not if very early (remember x rays are not good screening tests for lung cancer). Less likely to show in lab wor ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
The sensitivity: of a chest xray for detecting lung cancer ranges from about 40-80% according to various studies. A chest xray is a 2D representation of a 3D structur ... Read More
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