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can a cyst be seen on a x-ray?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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No: You need an ultrasound, ct scan or MRI to see it.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
A cyst can show up, but it will look like a round mass, there is no way to tell if it is a cyst without additional imaging.
Jun 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Sometimes...: A cyst can show up, but it will look like a round mass, there is no way to tell if it is a cyst without additional imaging.

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