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Can Chest X Ray Detect Lung Cancer
Sometimes: Sometimes 8-10 mm lung lesions can be detected. Detection depends on location of lesion whether it is central or peripheral. Central lesions near mediastinum are many times difficult to recognize on plain radiograph. Cross sectional imaging such as CT is much more sensitive for small hidden lesions than radiograph. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Not likely: The natural exposure one might get just from where you live may exceed 3msv per year. Living in denver, you might be exposed to 6msv per year. Risk of developing cancer from a properly conducted ct scan is low. I believe the estimated average radiation exposure for a single chest ct is about 5-7msv. A low dose chest ct is about 2msv. ...Read more
Yes: The resolution of the cxr is such that it should be able to show lesions this big. The advent of the digital xr even makes it easier to see them. It still does not give us the diagnosis, it only makes us see them so we can work them up. ...Read more
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
Not very: 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 1 more doctor answer
Can TB lympadentitis cause lung scarring without having pulmonary tb? Chest xray show only enlarged gland.
Highly unlikely: TB lymphadenopathy is initiated when macrophages carry the bacillus from a pulmonary alveolar focus to the lymph node which then enlarges, suppurates and ruptures into an adjacent blood vessel. So it is virtually impossible to have pulmonary nodes involved without having pulmonary infection first. ...Read more
31 m - Is a bronchoscopy / chest Ct scan with contrast and Vq scan good enough to rule out lung cancer or lung problems ?
Lung eval: That is a very through evaluation and should be sufficient . You could see masses, tumors, emphysema, frbrrosis, note if abnormal cells, tell if there are emboli. Adding pulmonary function testing (PFTs) would assess the function i.e. tell if you have asthma . f/u/ w/ doc ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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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