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A 31-year-old female asked:

chest xray showed something. ct scan clear. unable to do bronchoscopy today as i couldn't stop gagging. whats next? got to wait a week to see doctor

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Don't give up: Clear ct scan (? Of the chest) is generally a good sign, assuming accurate interpretation. Depending on what was scanned, looking at your neck and watching you swallow may be helpful as well. Make sure you follow up with your doctor and do not stop until a solution is found.
Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Ct better: Xray takes a 3d object (you) and creates a 2d picture in gray scale. This allows structures to be superimposed upon one another, sometimes creating "false" structures on x-ray. If the ct was negative, it is likely such a situation unfortunately, it is very common, even with the best radiologists, because of the technical limitations of x-ray.
Dr. Peter Hahn
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sedation: We usually perform bronchoscopy using moderate sedation. This can definitely make the procedure more comfortable for patients. Ask your lung doctor about this.

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