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Have a 4mm non calcified nodule on lung.I have had 5 CT scans this year on my brain. Would an MRI or ultasound on lung be ok. Worried about radiation?

Have a 4mm non calcified nodule on lung.I have had 5 CT scans this year on my brain. Would an MRI or ultasound on lung be ok. Worried about radiation?

Unfortunately, no...: The follow up evaluation of a pulmonary nodule as small as 4 mm requires requires extreme precision that is only possible from a repeat study of the same imaging modality (a second chest ct) as we are looking at potential change in size of only a millimeter or two. An ultrasound won't show pulmonary nodules and most chest mri's will not have the resolution to be very useful at this time. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What is a calcified nodule left upper lung?

What is a calcified nodule left upper lung?

Usually benign: Most of these are old granulomas; here in kansas city, many (maybe most) people have a calcified nodule or three from histoplasmosis, which is a common infection that most people never know they have. If your personal physician is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more

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Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass ? And what is average age for non smoker?

Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass ? And what is average age for non smoker?

Yes, it: is relatively simple to determine the pattern of calcification of a lung nodule on a CT scan. Sometimes it is possible to do that on a chest xray as well. ...Read more

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Ok wait. I think there's some confusion, most likely on my part but let explain/ask another way. 2008 br ca. Remission since 2010. Ct was done 2 weeks ago not for br ca but for supposed mass in urq. No mass however non calcified nodule on rt lung enlarged

Ok wait. I think there's some confusion, most likely on my part but let explain/ask another way. 2008 br ca. Remission since 2010. Ct was done 2 weeks ago not for br ca but for supposed mass in urq. No mass however non calcified nodule on rt lung enlarged

Lung nodules : Are very common and the vast majority are not cancer (over 95%). A growing nodule has to be evaluated as if it is cancer until proven otherwise. This usually means a pet scan followed by surgery if it is "avid" or further tests (biopsy, serial ct scans) if it is not. This is a very simplified explanation, so make sure you ask your doctor about this process. This is not spread of brain cancer. ...Read more

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Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Yes, but: Calcification of a lung nodule frequently indicates that it is benign in nature. It is the noncalcified nodules that are most concerning for lung cancer. And thus the noncalcified nodules that more frequently meet criteria that prompts biopsy of the nodule. Appropriate treatment of lung nodules is best done at facilities with experience ...Read more

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I have a 2 CM calcified lung nodule as per my last x ray, should I be worried?

I have a 2 CM calcified lung nodule as per my last x ray, should I be worried?

Depends: The pattern of calcification is important. Lamellar, popcorn, central, and diffuse homogenous calcification are usually benign. Anything else that size is very suspicious. ...Read more

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24mmx19mm centrally calcified lung nodule should I be worried?

24mmx19mm centrally calcified lung nodule  should I be worried?

Yes if new: Some people contact TB as children and develop calcified nodes. If this is new and if you have been a long-term smoker do not fail to follow up with the doctor who discovered this because might be a malignancy. An old x-ray film could help to settle this matter. ...Read more

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Had a second opinion by a pulmonologist , who told me that I should not worry about a 2cm calcified lung nodule , is this a safe approach?

Had a second opinion by a pulmonologist , who told me that I should not worry about a 2cm calcified lung nodule , is this a safe approach?

Pulmonary nodules: If the nodule has not changed over time , less than 3cm no smoking or previous history of malignancy, age less than 35 it is likely a benign process. ...Read more

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23 yo female. Diagnosed with 4.7 mm non-calcified lung nodule. Faint wheezing in same lung, post nasal drip for months. Could this be cancer?

23 yo female. Diagnosed with 4.7 mm non-calcified lung nodule. Faint wheezing in same lung, post nasal drip for months. Could this be cancer?

Met: It would be helpful to see the image during an inbox consult. Is there a history of smoking or a family history of cancer? There are risk factors for lung cancer which can be reviewed. I would also suggest a full physical exam. ...Read more

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Non calcified lung nodule brac1+ history of breast ca in 08 bilat mastectomy is this nodule ca? Enlarged lymph in neck and axil. Hoarse

See your doctor: None of us can answer this question without looking at the scans and examining you in person. This is best answered by your oncologist and surgeon. I highly recommend that you make an appointment and get evaluated and have a conversation with them. Good luck with everything. ...Read more

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Does non calcification lung nodules be cancer?

Does non calcification lung nodules be cancer?

Could be: A lung nodule may be primary or metastatic lung cancer. A calcified nodule is more likely to be old granuloma. ...Read more

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X-ray picked up 4mm lung nodule, possibly calcified. Could it be larger and the rest not visible on an X-ray due to non-calcification?

Very common finding: Here in kansas city, most of us have one of more of these little nodules from having met and contained histoplasmosis. They're nothing to worry about. A lesion wasn't missed because it wasn't calcified -- i've watched radiologists at work and you can trust them. There are lesions that are so unlikely to be cancer they're best left alone. Unless your physician tells you otherwise, just watch it. ...Read more

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Lung nodule found 11/2013 docs say it begnin & it is to small to biopsy. It had calcification no signs show its Ca but still worried. Severe anxiety?

Lung nodule found 11/2013 docs say it begnin & it is to small to biopsy.  It had calcification no signs show its Ca but still worried. Severe anxiety?

Lung nodule: If your nodule is less than 1cm especially less than 0.5 cm, has a regular border, it's solid and pop-corn like then no reason to worry, so another thing that your doctor could do if to repeat your imagining at 6-12 months base on your risk factors. Try to relax and repeat a CT scan around Novemebr or so if your nodule was 6-8 mm and you are non-smoker. If you are smoker repeat it now. ...Read more

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I'm a vietnam veteran with many angent orange problems. I had a lung X-ray 6 years ago with calcified nodules now I have more nodules. Could this be cancer?

I'm a vietnam veteran with many angent orange problems. I had a lung  X-ray  6 years ago with calcified nodules now I have more nodules. Could this be cancer?

Maybe/likely not.: While nodules, even calcified ones can possibly be cancer, they are more likely to be something else. Calcified nodules are likely to be associated with a chronic phase of tuberculosis that may have infected you while you were in an endemic area, like vietnam, but your immune sysytem had overcome without much symptoms or signs, but left these nodules, known as the ghon complex. Check w/ your dr. ...Read more

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Calcified lung nodules?

Generally no worries: These are likely "healed" TB or fungal infection that the body has "walled off" and calcified. Usually called calcified granulomas. Very common, especially in certain parts of the world where specific fungi are endemic in the environment - in those areas, nearly every one has them and they do no harm. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a round area that is more solid than normal lung tissue. It is a nonspecific finding and can ...Read more