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How much time does it take to get chest X-ray results?

How much time does it take to get chest X-ray results?

Quite rapid tody: In these modern times the results from digital exams are usually faxed to referring doctor in rapid fashion, once study is dictated. My physicians receive reports in less than a minute after my dictation. The physician has to look at reports. My advice is to call office manager of physician who requested study. I have found this results in more satisfactory response than speaking to receptionist. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

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


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Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

It is unlikely: That it is cancer, but it still may require further evaluation with a CT scan to be sure. If you had any previous chest xrays elsewhere, have them sent to the radiologist to compare with the new one. That could solve the issue without any additional tests. Talk to your doctor about the results. ...Read more

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Got my chest x-ray result and the impression is unremarkable chest study? What does it mean?

Got my chest x-ray result and the impression is unremarkable chest study? What does it mean?

Means no problem: On chest x-ray, but that doesn't mean you don't have a clinical problem, that's why clinical correlation is important, and any study should be read within a clinical context, the ordering physician would explain better, best wishes ...Read more

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My chest X-ray result shows mild pleural-parenchymal tenting what does this mean & what I suppose to take for it?

My chest X-ray result shows mild pleural-parenchymal tenting what does this mean & what I suppose to take for it?

Usuall nothing: Usually means some localized pleural abnormality usually related to old disease or scarring. Could be remnant from pneumonia that was present previously or from old trauma to lung. Sometimes becomes less evident with time. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray result is fibrotic tb lesion noted what is that means?

Chest X-ray result is fibrotic tb lesion noted what is that means?

Depends: Would need to hear the detailed report to be sure but this usually refers to evidence that someone had TB in the past and it has left a scar. If you were treated for TB then likely nothing more will need to be done. If you have never been treated, you may need to be treated for either active or latent TB. This decision would be based on your history and symptoms. ...Read more

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What does pulmonary scarring mean in a chest X-ray result?

What does pulmonary scarring mean in a chest X-ray result?

Sign of old issue: You may have had a pneumonia, inhalation injury, or other problem in the past. ...Read more

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Right apical plueral thickening to my chest x-ray result 07-26-17. I have been expose to asbestose but my previus x-ray last 02-27-17 it shows normal?

Right apical plueral thickening to my chest x-ray result 07-26-17. I have been expose to asbestose but my previus x-ray last 02-27-17 it shows normal?

Absestos: Be sure to follow your chest X-ray yearly with exam. Avoid any other cancer-causing risks like smoking and a poor diet. Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray result- Fibronodular shadows seen in the left apex PPD - 20mm Sputum smear 1st&2nd - AFB = 0. Do I have an active or inactive TB?

More testing: Neg. sputum smears do not exclude active TB, you need a quanterferon gold blood test and a bronchoscopy to exclude active TB
looking at an old CXR is also worthwhile
more history and symptoms are lacking in your question ...Read more

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Had a abnormal chest x-ray it says vertical density in the retrocardic region what does it mean?

Vertical density: Many possibilities. You need to follow up with your doctor to find anwers to your questions. You may need to see a chest specialist e.g. a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My result in chest X-ray is PTB Residua, left apex what it is?

My result in chest X-ray is PTB Residua, left apex what it is?

Mgt: Most likely, this represents an area of scar tissue from the infection. If any symptoms of infection recur, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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Is my chest X-ray bad if I have to wait for the results?

Is my chest X-ray bad if I have to wait for the results?

Not necessarily: You should not have to wait too long. Usually report delivered to referring physician in matter of minutes in todays electronic world. I would contact physician or office manager to find out reason for delay. You are entitled to results in reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had a chest X-ray last thursday march 6, 2014. I'm still waiting for the results. How long do I have to wait?

What do you advise if I had a chest X-ray last thursday march 6, 2014. I'm still waiting for the results. How long do I have to wait?

Office manager: My advice is to ask to speak with office manager of office where exam was obtained or physician that ordered exam and not just speak with receptionist. Office manager wants to maintain reputable reputation of facility. ...Read more

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Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

X-Ray: You need to discuss this with the ordering/examining doctor as they have your history, your results and have done an exam. They are in the best position to explain things and give you advice. ...Read more

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If I was sent for a chest x-ray, would the person doing the xray be able to see the results or just the doc?

If I was sent for a chest x-ray, would the person doing the xray be able to see the results or just the doc?

The doc reads X-ray: The person taking the film is usually a technologist. They are trained to take the images but are not trained in image interpretation. Their medical training is limited as well. The radiologist reading the study has at least 5 years of training after medical school in image interpretation. ...Read more

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I did a chest x-ray. Its results says a very mild dextroscoliosis in the dorsolumbar spine. Is it something to worry about?!

I did a chest x-ray. Its results says a very mild dextroscoliosis in the dorsolumbar spine. Is it something to worry about?!

See answer: Dextroscoliosis indicates a curvature of the spine (in your case mild and towards the right – “dextro”). This usually is a developmental variant, and not of clinical significance. As your dr. If you have continued concern but it should not be something to worry about. ...Read more

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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 more

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I had irregular heartbeat, went to ER and they did 3 ecgs, chest x ray, blood test and found nothing. What could this be?

I had irregular heartbeat, went to ER and they did 3 ecgs, chest x ray, blood test and found nothing. What could this be?

Many: There are many possible causes for palpitation; some related to abnormal heart beat. Monitoring may be required to detect cause and type of rhythm abnormality. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My son had a chest X-ray the results are back it says he has a small aortic arch and aortic knuckle. What does this mean?

My son had a chest X-ray the results are back it says he has a small aortic arch and aortic knuckle. What does this mean?

Description: It means the radiologic reporting the study felt or measured the size of the aortic arch/knuckle to be smaller than the usual range. It doesn't have any diagnostic specificity and may just be a variant of normal. Why don't you ask the patient's doctor if it has any meaning to the specific patient. ...Read more

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Was checked for PE with chest X-ray, CTscan at ER, 3 wks postpartum. Neg results, would they have recognized cardiomyopathy? (Shortness of breath)

Was checked for PE with chest X-ray, CTscan at ER, 3 wks postpartum. Neg results, would they have recognized cardiomyopathy? (Shortness of breath)

Possibly not: You tend to find things you are looking for. A CT scan for PE, gives a very detailed look at the pulmonary arteries, to see if there is evidence of a "clot" within them. Though you can see the heart and its chambers on CT, there is still much information like heart wall motion, that you do not see from this. The heart may appear enlarged on CT, but evaluation from a cardiologist would be needed ...Read more

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Is the result "left lung is overshadowed by the heart" normal in a neonate's chest x ray?

Is the result "left lung is overshadowed by the heart" normal in a neonate's chest x ray?

CXR: If it is a single frontal view the heart is overlying the left lung base. So behind the heart is difficult to see this is a normal finding.... ...Read more

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Can you explain results of chest X-ray led 2 cat scan, which led 2 pet scan. Results are multiple nodules. What causes lung nodules?

Can you explain results of chest X-ray led 2 cat scan, which led 2 pet scan. Results are multiple nodules. What causes lung nodules?

Multiple: There are many causes for pulmonary nodules, which can be broken down into benign or malignant. There are a large number of causes for benign nodules, and 95% of nodules seen on CT scan are benign. If the nodule is large enough, a biopsy may be recommended. The initial move is to see if the same mass was present on a previous scan. PET scans are used to add information, but should not be done firs ...Read more

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Had chest X-ray 12 days ago just got results today doctor says there's a small white patch on bottom of left lung looks like blood vessel?

Had chest X-ray 12 days ago just got results today doctor says there's a small white patch on bottom of left lung looks like blood vessel?

Need more info: White patch could be old scar, fluid, infection, blood vessel, pneumonia, or even cancer. Where it is how big it is, the shape it is and your medical and social conditions will affect the identification process. Are you a smoker? Do you have cough? If there is low risk for infection or cancer - normally you just keep checking on the "spot: to make sure it isn;t growing. ...Read more