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A 38-year-old female asked:

Can widening of blood vessels be seen on a xray?

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Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
No: Blood vessels cannot be seen on regular x-rays. If they are diseased and calcified, you can get a rough estimate of what they look like, but you need different types of imaging to see them.

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A 38-year-old female asked:

Can widening of blood vessels be seen or noticed on an xray of the back?

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Dr. Mohammed Quraishi
Radiology 20 years experience
Sometimes: Usually not in a young person. However, the older one gets, more calcium buildup along the arteries can sometimes be seen in x-rays which can hint that the arteries may be "widening". This would need to be confirmed with an ultrasound, ct scan, or MRI depending on the situation.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Is an xray an accurate image of widening blood vessels?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Nope: Xrays usually show bones and fluid. Blood vessels are better seen with either an mra or ct scan with IV contrast.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Does an xray show widening if blood vessels accurately?

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Dr. Jason Bauer
Interventional Radiology 21 years experience
Not usually: Plain x-ray is not a usual modality to evaluate blood vessels. If by "widening" you mean dilatation or aneurysm, ultrasound is the most common diagnostic tool to start with. However, depending on location of the vessel ct or MRI may be reasonable starting points. Ct does use xray. Angiography is a diagnostic tool I use when treating blood vessel disease and is very good at evaluating as well.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

What does widening of blood vessels in the back mean, noticed in an xray?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Hard to say.: When widening of blood vessels is noted on plain x-ray studies of the back or abdomen we mostly are referring to the abdominal aorta or its' major branches such as the renal, bowel, or iliac arteries. This could suggest an aneurysm and if so then further evaluation would usually require ct or ultrasound.

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