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could an x-ray of broken ribs also show up early lung diseases such as lung cancer?

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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
X ray : Ct scan will most likely pick up cancer. Chest x ray may show a large tumor.
Answered on Aug 5, 2013
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Usually a chest X-ray PA and Lateral is done along with specific angle films for rib fractures. CT is a better screen for lung lesions.
Apr 27, 2013
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Possible: Most will, get pa and lateral and rib detail as a series. That can define other lesions. Some tumors are small enough to be missed on plain x-rays and picked up on ct scan.
Answered on May 5, 2013

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