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Abnormal Chest X Ray
A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more
Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?
Mgt: There may be several possible conditions associated with these findings. Infections may cause cysts. I would suggest a TB test and uploading the scan to your virtual EMR. ...Read more
Why would my doctor send me for a chest X-ray after getting an abnormal flow from a spyrometry test wouldn't a c t scan be more appropriate?
Depends on finding: Chest xray involves less irradiation. An obvious abnormality such as large area of atelectasis or large area of airtrapping might show up without the need for CT. If chest xray is normal or equivocal physician might order CT if underlying cause related to diseases not entirely recognizable on ordinary chest radiograph. Subtle air trapping and minor atelectasis could be recognized ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my spyrometry test came back abnormal .. Would my doctor be able to diagnose by its reading or wud she have to apply a chest x ray?
Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?
See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recently diagnosed at ER with atypical chest pain. Yesterday, they called & said I have calcification on my chest x-ray? What does this mean?
Depends: They will need to tell you specifically what is calcified. For example, there may be calcified areas in the lung fields, in the coronary arteries, in the pericardium, or in the aorta. Each of these are evaluated and treated differently. ...Read more
I had irregular heartbeat, went to ER and they did 3 ecgs, chest x ray, blood test and found nothing. What could this be?
Cough: Coughs lasting longer then a few months require a work up. Pulmonary evaluation would commonly include a pulmonary function test to look for evidence of asthma. Also, cough could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux that would require medicine like prilosec. Additionally, we may order a ct scan of the chest. Finally, we review daily meds to see if you are experiencing a cough side effect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Non specific: Infiltrate is a non-specific term. It just means that something is is within the normally air-filled air spaces of the lung. It can be infectious (most common in symptomatic patient) or inflammatory. Bleeding can appear as an infiltrate. Also, some cancers can appear more as an infiltrate than a mass. Either way, you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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