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Could those x rays cause cancer?

Could those x rays cause cancer?

Worth the risk: Ionizing radiation contributes to the accumulation of mutations that underlies all cancers. It's a matter of weighing risks versus benefits. No one's even been able to measure any risk from dental x-rays, and even risks from chest x-rays and ct scans are simply guesstimates. I needed dental x-rays last week and trust me, it's worth the almost-zero risk. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

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 more

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Can multiple lung lesion 2.5cm in size be detected on routine chest x rays?

Can multiple lung lesion 2.5cm in size be detected on routine chest x rays?

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

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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.

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.

Yes: A chest ct is a very good test for finding lung cancer because it looks inside the lungs. The shoulder/clavicle pain could be coming from the spine in your neck. If you still have pain, see your doctor again. ...Read more

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Can one chest CT scan damage lung and cause lung cancer ?

Can one chest CT scan damage lung and cause lung cancer ?

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

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I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

Mgt/workup: Your findings are of concern, and an exam documenting any lymphadenopathy is important. I would suggest seeing your PCP. Your symptoms may also be due to TB, cardiac disease, pulmonary embolism. A virtual online appt is available for follow up and to review your HRCT. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Clear CT scan of chest. Worried about lung cancer. Two x rays and one CT clear. But the CT was without contrast & shoulder pain persists. Contrast?

Clear CT scan of chest.  Worried about lung cancer.  Two x rays and one CT clear.  But the CT was without contrast & shoulder pain persists. Contrast?

NO!: Lung cancer has been eliminated as a realistic diagnosis. Move on, be glad. There are rather more mundane causes for shoulder pain. See an orthopedic surgeon and find out what's going on with that shoulder. ...Read more

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Had 2 chest x rays front/side views.Had 1 CT abdomin, 1 X-ray of neck front/side, 1x ray of my spine for scoliosis front/side, worried radiation exspose?

Had 2 chest x rays front/side views.Had 1 CT abdomin, 1 X-ray of neck front/side, 1x ray of my spine for scoliosis front/side, worried radiation exspose?

Read more about it: To learn more about medical imaging and radiation risk, please check out: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/ct-scan-radiation.Html and http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/radiation-exposure.Html. Properly indicated imaging studies represent, by definition, situations where the risks of radiation exposure are outweighed by the benefits to the patient. ...Read more

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Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Not deadly: It's not deadly but you should make your doctors aware of all the radiation you've recieved. The bigger question is why so many cts? Are they all really necessary? ...Read more

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Can TB lympadentitis cause lung scarring without having pulmonary tb? Chest xray show only enlarged gland.

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

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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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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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Can sarcoid be diagnosed without seeing enlarged lymphnodes on chest xray?

Can sarcoid be diagnosed without seeing enlarged lymphnodes on chest xray?

Yes: Sarcoidosis can be diagnosed from many areas including the skin. The lung is the most frequently involved organ, but other areas can be affected as well. Usually a biospy is needed, unless typical findings are seen on chest xray or ct scan. ...Read more

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Chest xray pa lateral taken... Show problem of lungs if any?

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Chest xray pa lateral taken... Show problem of lungs if any?

Yes: A chest x-ray can show different structures in the chest including the trachea and lungs, heart, vessels, bones, and the diaphragm to name a few. They do not see everything and there are other tests to look for and at specific things depending on the clinical issue. ...Read more

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Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

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Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

Not necessary: Are you referring as small lymph nodes or small nodules on the lung? There are other conditions beside cancer that can be presented with small nodes - including infections, inflammation, autoimmune process, etc. So, a good history, examination, blood work and serial imaging would be necessary to be done. Discuss with your md in detail. ...Read more

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Can chest xray detect early lung cancer?

Can chest xray detect early 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 more

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How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?

How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?

Very unlikely: Those two exams should be very good at ruling out tumor in the spine. Consider seeing a physical medicine specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Radiation from CT: This issue should be discussed with your pulmonary doctor and radiologist. There is some risk associated with the radiation from multiple ct scans. However, that risk is likely small compared to the risk of a nodule identified in the lung, and may not outway the risks of ct, in the long run. There should be a plan with a reasoned approach that minimizes the risk of ct that you can agree with. ...Read more

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What cancers do 1 chest CT scan cause?

Non: The potential for a cat scan of the chest causing cancer is non. One would need frequent scans to even be associated with cancer. Obviously in a very young patient, the tissue is more sensitive to radiation and as such radiation to the chest from mammograms are of no consequence in the patient over 50, but in a patient under 30 radiation exposure does put the patient at risk. ...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