A 51-year-old female asked:
the doctor said i had a enlarged heart, the radiologist said i had a prominent heart, what is the difference?
3 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Cardiology 22 years experience
Similar implication: But different terminology.
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Radiology 43 years experience
Perception: The radiologist referred to the prominent size of the heart and adjacent structures (cardiac silhouette ) to bring it to the attention of the referring doctor that requested the exam. The referring doctor then assimilates other test results and makes decision on appropriate treatment.
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Radiology 29 years experience
Not much: Prominent means larger than normal. If the radiologist was reading a chest x-ray, the heart size changes a bit between diastole (relaxed and filling with blood) and systole (heart contracting to pump the blood), so some variability is to be expected between chest x-rays.
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Last updated May 4, 2013
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