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Dr. Aaron Milstone Dr. Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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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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


Dr. Robert Andrews Dr. Andrews
Radiology - Interventional
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

The : The first thing to know about a chest x-ray is that dark things represent air or fat, which white things represent fluid, tissue, and bone. Therefore, "dark spots" on a chest film, especially if they are in the lungs, most likely represent holes. Lungs with a lot of disease--especially in smokers--can develop large cavities called bullae. Dark spots in the ribs or the bones of the spine and shoulders may represent destructive processes like infection or tumor. When people talk about "spots" on a chest film they're usually talking about white spots. White spots in the lungs can be caused by pneumonia or other infections, areas of partial lung collapse, or tumors. Extremely white spots can represent calcium deposits, as are often present iin the arteries of people with vascular disease and in the lining of the chest wall in people with asbestos exposure.. Chest films can be some of the most challenging xrays to read, because just about every disease out there causes some kind of abnormality in the chest. The list of differential diagnoses (that is, the possible causes of an abnormality) is very long. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Villacis Dr. Villacis
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Is nodular density in chest X-ray beside nipple shadow it's usually represent cancer or there are other causes?

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

Dr. Dustin Colegrove Dr. Colegrove
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Can anxiety cause shortness of breath that is not hyperventilling? After clear chest X-ray, dr doesn't want to do more testing? Scared its lung cancer

Can anxiety cause shortness of breath that is not hyperventilling? After clear chest X-ray, dr doesn't want to do more testing? Scared its lung cancer

Anxiety: Anxiety frequently causes shortness of breath. Lung cancer would only cause shortness of breath if it were advanced and that would show up on chest xray. ...Read more

Dr. Rodney Del Valle Dr. Del Valle
Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Alphonse Ekole Dr. Ekole
Family Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Yaounde I Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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Would a chest x ray show be able to see any cancer of the spine ?

Would a chest x ray show be able to see any cancer of the spine ?

You may or may not: It all depends on the type of cancer in your spine and its stage of growth.
Some cancers eat-up the bone and others build on the existing bone.
Best recommendation would be to have a doctor order the test that will best diagnose your disease. ...Read more

Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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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?

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?

CT chest: I would recommend further testing with a ct scan of the chest and a pulmonary function test. There is no question that he needs to quit smoking since he is at risk of heart attacks and cancers of the lung, throat, lips, tongue, stomach and bladder. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Does a chest X-ray rule out cancer in the chest area??

Does a chest X-ray rule out cancer in the chest area??

NOOO!!!: You are on the young side (21 yr) for lung cancer. Helical CT seems to be best for that. Best thing for you to do is to stop smoking!! ...Read more

Dr. Ed Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
35 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Would a chest X-ray show advanced stages of great cancer that spread throughout the chest?

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

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Can a chest X-ray show pancreatic cancer?

Can a chest X-ray show pancreatic cancer?

No: You need abdominal studies like soon , ct etc even in late stages rarely metastasizes to lung to be seen by a chest x ray. ...Read more

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Dr. Mazen Ghani Dr. Ghani
Radiology
20 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Can you see lung cancer in a chest x-ray?

Can you see lung cancer in a chest x-ray?

Maybe: It depends on the size and location of the lung cancer. Small cancers (less than 1 cm) may be difficult to identify with chest radiographs. Ct scan of the chest is much more sensitive in evaluating for lung cancer and associated disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Would a clear chest X-ray mean there is no lung cancer?

Would a clear chest X-ray mean there is no lung cancer?

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 more

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Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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How accurate is a chest X-ray for diagnosing lung cancer?

How accurate is a chest X-ray for diagnosing lung cancer?

Not very: A chest ct is much more accurate as it provides much better detail. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

Low likelihood: If he has COPD due in part to smoking history, then the risk of lung cancer is higher than in non-smokers. That said, most lesions seen on chest x-ray do not turn out to be cancer. If a lesion was noted on a prior chest x-ray, then it probably did not have features exhibited by typical tumors, thus the wait-and-see approach. This x-ray will be compared to evaluate for growth/changes ...Read more

Dr. Steven Chmielewski Dr. Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology
26 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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If lung cancer cannot be detected on chest X-ray what's the point in having one?

If lung cancer cannot be detected on chest X-ray what's the point in having one?

Lung cancer CAN: Be seen on chest x-ray, depending on the size and location of the lesion. Ct is the gold standard, but much more expensive and has a higher radiation dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Birdas Dr. Birdas
Surgery - Thoracic
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Peter Sadow Dr. Sadow
Pathology
13 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

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 more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My chest X-ray came back as no acute disease and my doctor said its normal chest X-ray can I still have cancer?

My chest X-ray came back as no acute disease and my doctor said its normal chest X-ray  can I still have cancer?

Yes: Why do you ask? Lung cancer is very rare at age 24. If you have a mass, coughing up blood, or unexplained weight loss, these need to be followed up. Otherwise, I'd relax. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
807 doctors shared insights

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