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What is calcific foci in chest x ray does it signify any thing related for purpose I did the test - tb test. Does it have anything related to smoking?

What is calcific foci in chest x ray does it signify any thing related for purpose I did the test - tb test. Does it have anything related to smoking?

Calcification: The calcified lesion in itself is not of concern. For example in the area I live inhaling spores from plants is common and the body calcifies these over time and the calcifications are seen on xray. A TB granuloma can get calcified which is typically good and means the TB is being "walled off". Tumors can get calcified too. You will have to talk to your provider about the results. ...Read more

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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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Recently diagnosed at ER with atypical chest pain. Yesterday, they called & said I have calcification on my chest x-ray? What does this mean?

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

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Hi I am sandeep my question is in my chest X-ray report it say old calcific density left hilar region. Is there any problem in my chest any suggestion?

Hi I am sandeep my question is in my chest X-ray report it say old calcific density left hilar region. Is there any problem in my chest any suggestion?

Calcified node: Usually calcification in hilum on chest xray represent a calcified lymph node related to old non active infection such as histoplasmosis or tuberculosis. This sometimes is associated with calcified nodule in the same lung, particularly tb. Other less common causes are in patients with lymphoma who have been treated successfully. Usually there is nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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The doctor phoned stating that my 9 yr old daughters chest X-ray showed calcification of a cyst on her thyroid what does this mean??

The doctor phoned stating that my 9 yr old daughters chest X-ray showed calcification of a cyst on her thyroid what does this mean??

Cyst: Often you find benign findings on X-ray. Cysts are common to the thyroid and they can get calcified. Probably more important is does your daughter have any symptoms? Talk to your provider lab studies may be needed if thyroid symptoms. An ultrasound would define the cyst better. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray says small calcifications seen in hilar region. What does it mean? How dangerous is it? Should we worry about it?

Chest X-ray says small calcifications seen in hilar region. What does it mean? How dangerous is it? Should we worry about it?

Hard to say: Without seeing the xray, but usually hilar calcifications signify a prior infection/inflammatory response and of are of little significance. Speak with your doc about the relevance of this finding in your case. ...Read more

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I have a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

I have a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

Monitor only: There is a good chance this is an inactive process that needs only occasional monitoring. Removal of such a focus would entail excision of the involved lung segment and the potential for significant complications and scarring. Not a good plan. ...Read more

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Could an osseous density adjacent to rib seen on chest X-ray be a calcified nodule? Combined with bone island on other rib - cause for monitoring?

Could an osseous density adjacent to rib seen on chest X-ray be a calcified nodule? Combined with bone island on other rib - cause for monitoring?

Yes and discuss the: Matter with your doctor. A calcified nodule may appear to be near a rib on x-ray. Talk to your doctor to see if a ct scan is needed to get a better idea of the nature of the lesion. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis when I was young. I am smoking. And my recent X-ray found calcific granuloma on my upper right lung. What could cause my granuloma?

I have bronchitis when I was young. I am smoking. And my recent X-ray found calcific granuloma on my upper right lung. What could cause my granuloma?

TB: The most likely cause would be healed tuberculosis in which case you should have a positive TB skin test or blood test such as quantiferon TB gold test. If one of these is positive at your age wou would need treatment for latent tuberculosis.
Some fungal infections can also cause calcified granulomata in the lungs. ...Read more

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Punctate metallic density or calcific density projects over right lateral anterior chest wall. Xray results. What does this mean?

Punctate metallic density or calcific density projects over right lateral anterior chest wall. Xray results. What does this mean?

Chest films: It would help to be able to see the x-ray. This is often a foreign body, bullets being very common, or there can be a calcified lymph node. You need to ask your doctor about this since they can get further studies to better define the source of this. Actually if you were wearing clothing or a piece of jewelry, or a prior surgical clip that may be the source. ...Read more

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Sir... a pleasant afternoon... base on my xray, there are small punctate calcific densities in my both lung fields... how can I remove or cure this?

Sir... a pleasant afternoon... base on my xray, there are small punctate calcific densities in my both lung fields... how can I remove or cure this?

Based on: Limited info, these are most likely benign califications related to prior granulomatous infection (for example, histoplasmosis). As an incidental finding, it is most likely asymptomatic and no treatment is needed (there is no treatment). However, there are other potential causes, so talk to your doc about what the results mean in your particular case. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray be substituted for a tst?

What is TST?: If you mean tuberculin skin test - no. A chest X-ray may diagnose active tb. ...Read more

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What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

Central markings: Central markings consisting of combination of blood vessels and bronchial walls. These extend out from mediastinum and heart. ...Read more

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Is rightsided heartfailure visible on a chest x-ray?

Is rightsided heartfailure visible on a chest x-ray?

Usually no: Sometimes there are some signs that can be associated with right heart failure but a chest xray is not generally able to confirm or rule out right sided heart failure as the findings are usually non-specific. ...Read more

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Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Yes: Common TB comes in two varities In children primary TB shows up as enlarged mediastinal nodes, pneumonia, and pleural fluid on chest xray. With healing of TB get Ghon complex of calcified nodule in lung and calcified node in mediatinum. Secondary TB usually occurs later in life with reinfection with pulmonary and pleural changes in upper part of the chest. Exposure to TB can be without xray change ...Read more

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Can chest X-ray detect cancer in ribs?

Can chest X-ray detect cancer in ribs?

Yes: Most of the time it will show an abnormality. But a physical exam, history, imaging test and a lot of times a biopy for tissue diagnosis is needed. Pain in the affected bone the most common complain in patients. ...Read more

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Could reflux esophagitis show on chest x-ray?

Could reflux esophagitis show on chest x-ray?

No: Esophagitis is inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. It is not evident on a chest x-ray but may be seen on a barium swallow of the esophagus or, with greater sensitivity, endoscopy of the esophagus by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Why is there more scar tissue on a chest x ray?

Why is there more scar tissue on a chest x ray?

If you mean compared: To a prior chest xray, it could be due to infections or other lung diseases during the interval between the x-rays, leading to some scarring.

Alternatively, the radiologist that read this xray may have been more impressed with some areas of scarring and mentioned it in the report, but it was there before, and not new. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

If necessary: Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy. If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby. ...Read more

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Can they see my bones in my back from a chest x-Ray?

Can they see my bones in my back from a chest x-Ray?

Yes, you: Can see the bones of the thoracic spine, although it is not the optimal means to evaluate them. ...Read more

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What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

Many sources...: Many medical conditions can cause spots to form on lungs. The most common in the US include prior tuberculosis infection and/or prior histoplasmosis infection (a fungal infection). These spots may be called "nodules" by your doctor. If they are small (less than 8 mm) they may be followed over time with repeat/serial scans of the chest. If in 2 years they do not change they are benign. ...Read more

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Had ECG chest X-ray tropin levels dimer all neg am I ok?

Had ECG chest X-ray tropin levels dimer all neg am I ok?

What symptoms: If you were having chest pain and had normal results you probably at your age have no cardiac issue You still could have heart burn, gastritis, reflux, gallbladder issues etc. Which could be causing pain If you have continued pain go and be seen again for another evaluation ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose gynecomastia with a chest x-ray?

Is it possible to diagnose gynecomastia with a chest x-ray?

Not Necessary.: In-person consultation with your family practitioner and/or plastic surgeon is a good place to start. Accurate history and physical examination is important. Eliminating “causes” of gynecomastia is also important. Surgical treatment usually involves partial excision of the glandular tissue plus/minus liposuction surgery. Again, much of what is recommended will depend on specific physical exam. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

COPD: Tends to cause increased lung volumes (hyperinflation, flattened diaphragm), IPF does not. COPD often results in lung destruction with bulla formation, so the lungs look hyperlucent (darker) on xray, IPF does not, IPF causes fibrosis/scarring, resulting in increased "lung markings". There are other distinctions, but not enough space here! ...Read more

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Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Imaging center: Your doctor should have given you a referral slip for the chest xray. They may have a particular imaging place they want you to go to, but you can go to almost any imaging center or hospital. Most positive TB test chest x-rays will be normal so try not to worry too much until you have your results. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a chest X-ray without covering your genitals?

Is it okay to have a chest X-ray without covering your genitals?

Keep covered: Amount of radiation decreases with distance organ is away from xray beam. However any radiation exposure that is not needed is unwise. Keep lead over gonads when not body part necessary to be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more