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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does a sternum x-ray rule out lung cancer?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
NO: The x-ray may be one of the first studies ordered. But, plain film radiograph (x-ray) does not rule out cancer. Ultimately, the majority of abnormalities found by radiographic studies (x-ray, ct, mri, nuclear, etc...) require tissue biopsy to potentially "rule-out cancer".
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
No: This x-ray is too limited. We have proven a ct of the chest is very helpful in screening for hi risk people though you don't fit age (55 to 74 who smoked > pack of cig/day for >30 ys and who are still smoking or who <15 yrs ago). Smoking volume history, infections and other factors should be considered before scans. With suspicion your primary md may still start with a chest xray before ct.

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Can lung cancer be missed on an x-ray?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Easily: Some cancers do not ever show up on x-ray, others look like pneumonia. A chest ct is often needed.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What does lung cancer look like on an x-ray?

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Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
It varies: It can be a mass, or unusual calcifications, or an unusual "infiltrate" on a chest x-ray. In other words, it can have many different appearances. A chest x-ray is a great tool, but it takes skill to interpret. I do not recommend you try to interpret your films, but your doc can review it with you to give insights. Hope this helps.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

What can lung X-ray detect?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Lung X-ray: is the most frequently requested examination. The chest x-ray is performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall and rule out any pathology.

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