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A 57-year-old female asked:

what could this be (from radiology report)-"on lateral a metallic linear density seen overlying the lower hila which is not seen on the frontal view."?

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Dr. Philip Ewing
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Foreign object: This sounds like a metallic object was seen on one of the two X-ray pictures that was taken. When a finding like this is not seen on both X-ray views, it is usually an artifact and NOT something inside of you. The radiologist or ordering physician will re-order the car y if there is a concern that something is wrong
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 41 years experience
Not important: when a metal density is seen on only one view, it is unimportant. This means an object was identified that lies outside of the body.

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