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A 43-year-old male asked:

would lung cancer be detected on an x-ray when looking at the heart:?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Possibly.: A chest xray can detect lung cancer if the tumor is large enough and visible. A chest ct is a better test at 'looking' inside the lung tissue and detecting lung cancers.
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Medical Oncology 8 years experience
Possibly: Chest x ray can show the lung fields and may show opacities (shadows) in the lungs if there large size cancers in the lung; however, smaller cancers can be missed on plain chest x rays and need ct scans; now annual ct scans for lung cacner screening are recommended for patients who are smokers; consult your doctor to see if that is appropriate for you.
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Probably not: Lung cancer can often be missed on chest x-ray. Ct scan is a much better test for it.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Some may be seen but a CT is more likely to identify
Dec 30, 2013

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