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Can A Chest Xray Show Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
It depends...: It depends on the area covered by the x-ray and on how enlarged the lymph nodes are. A chest x-ray would probably show significant lymph node enlargement that may be suspicious for lymphoma in the mediastinal area (inside the chest cavity) and possibly in the supraclavicular (above the collarbone), lower cervical (neck), and axillary (armpit) regions. Inguinal (groin) lymph nodes would not show. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not easily: Cxr has been compared head to head with chest ct scan for screening in high risk patients for lung cancer. That study, national lung screening trial, found that in high risk patients, screening chest ct scan was more effective, and was found to save lives. Larger cancers might be seen on a cxr, but smaller cancers may be missed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and no: The X-ray will show a mass on the bony spine , at times haze on the soft tissue on the spine and lesions eroding the spine. Al of these masses that can be seen on X-rays can be benign or malignant. Thus the X-ray will show the mass but can not prove it is cancer without a biopsy ...Read more
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Yes: Chest xray looks at the lung tissue superimposed on a the chest wall tissue including the ribs and all the muscles and thus can miss subtle findings. In addition, lung infection can be subtle, with presentation as a small focus of infection or a rather very faint infection area that can be very difficult to detect with xray alone. A ct study may be useful if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would signs of breast cancer show up on a regular chest ex ray or would that only show up on a mammogram?
No on X-ray : Mammograms are the best diagnostic test to diagnose breast cancer. Coupled with good breast exams and ultrasounds - these are the mainstays of diagnosis. Chest x rays can show advanced cancer if there is metastasis (spread) to the lungs - but typically regular x-rays are not sensitive or specific enough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It may: show part of the spleen, but usually not the whole spleen. Also, the phase of contrast enhancement necessary for the PE study is usually not optimal for evaluating the spleen. ...Read more
Why are you asking?: It may or may not. More likely it will not. It is very important to obtain a detailed and long history and physical to evaluate, by an experienced MD. An isolated CXR is almost meaningless in context! Some experts have recently talked about yearly total body MRI. But unprovent AND DOES NOT REPLACE AN EXAM by an experienced doc, as opposed to a hospital employed money sucker. ...Read more
Chest X-ray. : A chest X-ray would not be a reliable test in this regard. ...Read more
Can a chest CT scan rule out lung cancer? I have pain in shoulder/clavicle. X ray and CT clear. Pain persists along with sore sternum/throat.
Might: Not sure what "great cancer" is.....Most of them are lousy! chest xray might show cancer in the lungs or chest. It might show tumors, fluid or swollen glands. By itself does not prove cancer.. Often chest xray can miss a cancer that is hiding in there. Usually need cat scan to get a better picture. ...Read more
If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?
Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most testis cancer: Is confined to the testis. When spread is suspect, particularly with markers (hcg/afp), more complex imaging (ct's, head, chest, abdomen, pelvis) is done. Testis almost always spreads to abdominal & pelvic nodes before distantly to lungs and brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 years ago: right breast fibrosis. Now: chest X-ray shows minimal hyperthrophic spurring of thorasic spine. Is breast cancer possible? Other tests?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes/No: A chest X-ray is a good screening test for most symptomatic tumors/ cancer masses in the lung . It can easily detect tumor of 2CM or larger. Tumors smaller than 1CM are unlikely to be detected with Chest X-ray. This is where CT scan is more effective as it can detetect tumors less than 1CM. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NUT midline: carcinoma is a rare neoplasm that can occur in the mediastinum of the chest. There are no specific imaging features. Mediastianal tumors, due to their central location and superimposed normal structures, can be notoriously difficult or impossible to see on a chest xray. If they are large enough, they can be seen on chest xray, but a chest xray would never be able to rule out smaller tumors ...Read more
Can you see esophageal cancer on chest X Ray? And what are the chances of a 24 year old male having this type of cancer?
My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear s string on left base. He's a heavy smoker. Could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?
Not necessarily: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung cancer. A proper protocol chest ct will use about the same radiation as a mammogram. http://goo.gl/b69an. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is nodular density in chest X-ray beside nipple shadow it's usually represent cancer or there are other causes?
Chest xray nodule: Lung nodules can be caused by a variety of things - can be caused by infection, inflammation, cancer, non-cancerous growths. I would recommend a patient contact their doctor to see what recommended followup is for them. There are definitely possibilities other than cancer. ...Read more
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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