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Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

Not usually: As long as this is not perfomred for a prolonged period of time. Chest xray is low radiation burden but can accumulate if two xrays a week for months. If seriously ill and measure taken to preserve life or cure illness then benefits out weigh risks. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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


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What are infiltrates on a chest x-ray?

What are infiltrates on a chest x-ray?

Non specific: Infiltrate is a non-specific term. It just means that something is is within the normally air-filled air spaces of the lung. It can be infectious (most common in symptomatic patient) or inflammatory. Bleeding can appear as an infiltrate. Also, some cancers can appear more as an infiltrate than a mass. Either way, you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Whàt causes haziness on a chest x-ray?

Whàt causes haziness on a chest x-ray?

Many things: General term is haziness. Volume loss, pneumonia, contusion, scarring and fibrosis, interstitial disease are possibilities. Clinical information, physical exam, and results of other tests have to be correlated. ...Read more

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How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

Medical school: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, 4 years of Radiology residency and possibly a fellowship. ...Read more

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Is it ok to do twice chest X-ray in a week?

Is it ok to do twice chest X-ray in a week?

Depends: Chest Xrays are still one of low dose radiation procedures. Should always question physician ordering multiple exams if it is truly necessary for management of your health care. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray be substituted for a tst?

Can a chest X-ray be substituted for a tst?

What is TST?: If you mean tuberculin skin test - no. A chest X-ray may diagnose active tb. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray borderline what does that mean?

Depends: Borderline can mean anything. It depends on question asked by clinician for examination. Borderline overaerated, borderline peribronhial thickening, increased interstitial markings. Need more information from report or physician ordering exam. You should ask him. ...Read more

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Might a chest X-ray identify any acute diseases?

Might a chest X-ray identify any acute diseases?

Yes: Chest x-ray can aid in the diagnosis of pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pneumothorax, pulmonary contusion, and aspiration to list a few acute conditions. ...Read more

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What doeslinear opecity in chest X-ray indicates?

What doeslinear opecity in chest X-ray indicates?

Usually benign: If linear density then usually means scar or atelectais (loss of volume). ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can read and interpret chest x-ray?

Can I tell me how I can read and interpret chest x-ray?

Extensive education: Need a radiology residency following medical school which ususally is at least four years of intensive trainng. ...Read more

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Is my chest X-ray bad if I have to wait for the results?

Not necessarily: You should not have to wait too long. Usually report delivered to referring physician in matter of minutes in todays electronic world. I would contact physician or office manager to find out reason for delay. You are entitled to results in reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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What does degenerative changes indicate on a chest x-ray?

Changes in spine: Usually on chest radiograph spurs on thoracic spine are detected which are a sign of degenerative changes. ...Read more

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What does new mild patchy opacities mean in a chest X-ray?

Nonspecific: The chest xray may be the least specific part of your
seeking medical care at this point. You will need to sit down with the ordering or followup physician and go over your specific symptoms and whether they are acute (less than 2 weeks) or chronic (greater than 6 weeks). This is very important for you to do in the next few days. ...Read more

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What is the definition of focal infiltrate on a chest x-ray?

What is the definition of focal infiltrate on a chest x-ray?

Density: Focal density or infiltrate on radiograph is nonspecific term which could represent infection/pneumonia, volume loss/atelectasis, hemorrhage or tumor. ...Read more

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Does a smoker's chest X-ray look different than a non-smokers?

Does a smoker's chest X-ray look different than a non-smokers?

Dirty lungs?: Usually smoking appears on chest radiograph as prominent central markings which can also be seen in viral infection, reactive airway disease, and inhaling polutants. Interstitial markings or small lines in lungs more prominent in smokers. If advanced can have emphysema (overaeration) or COPD as complication ...Read more

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If you smoke what changes will they see on a chest X-ray question?

If you smoke what changes will they see on a chest X-ray question?

Many: Early on very little or no change will be detected. The longer one smokes, changes related to COPD (like lung hyperinflation) can be seen. When lung destruction starts to occur, chest x-ray can detect the typical changes of emphysema. Finally, pulmonary nodules and masses can be detected - some of which are cancerous. It is easy for me to say because I don't smoke, but please stop smoking asap! ...Read more

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I still have stuffiness in my chest. Should I get another chest x-ray?

I still have stuffiness in my chest. Should I get another chest x-ray?

See Dr.: Should be examined by physician to determine need for radiograph. If symptoms do not include fever and production of colored sputum, usually not pneumonia. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my chest X-ray show that I have smoked?

What do the experts think, should my chest X-ray show that I have smoked?

Suggestion: If you have emphysema or, worse case scenario, lung cancer, then smoking may be inferred as it is a common cause of these. If radiologists see these issues we may raise the question of a smoking history. However, there is no finding on chest x-ray that is definitive for a smoking history. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a referral for a chest x-ray. Does it have any expiry date?

What to do if I have a referral for a chest x-ray. Does it have any expiry date?

Preauthorized?: Payers that preauthorize or precertify imaging studies often include an expiration date. Unlike prescriptions for medication, there is not standard expiration date for imaging orders. If there is question about the validity of an order received for imaging services, contact ordering physician. Prescriptions for drugs valid for six months from date on the prescription, controlled substance 28 days ...Read more

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What does new mild patchy opacities in the right lower love mean on a chest X-ray?

Often subjective, it: ... cd be benign or worrisome finding. Patchy opacity means something "more dense than air" is filling up patches (parts) of the lung. It cd be fluid (from pneumonia, heart failure, other lung diseases) or it cd be that part of the lung is under-inflated (called atelectasis) & so has more tissue than air. Or it's an artifact from d breast overlying it; so, d finding has 2 b correlated with symptom ...Read more

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I've been coughing for months, but chest X-ray was completely clear. What can I do?

I've been coughing for months, but chest X-ray was completely clear. What can I do?

Cough: Coughs lasting longer then a few months require a work up. Pulmonary evaluation would commonly
include a pulmonary function test to look for evidence of asthma. Also, cough could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux that would require medicine like prilosec. Additionally, we may order a ct scan of the chest. Finally, we review daily meds to see if you are experiencing a cough side effect. ...Read more

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I done chest X-ray february 21 2014 is that harmful if I X-ray agiain today february 25?

I done chest X-ray february 21 2014 is that harmful if I X-ray agiain today february 25?

Not usually: Amount of radiation from chest xray is not excessive and should not cause harm. CT exams expose person to much greater amount of radiation burden. ...Read more

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what Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping.?

Hyper expansion: COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other cystic lung diseases, some infections (RSV), and spurious chest X-ray finding due to large inspiratory excursion. ...Read more

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Had a abnormal chest x-ray it says vertical density in the retrocardic region what does it mean?

Had a abnormal chest x-ray it says vertical density in the retrocardic region what does it mean?

Vertical density: Many possibilities. You need to follow up with your doctor to find anwers to your questions. You may need to see a chest specialist e.g. a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I stood next to my son whilst he had a chest X-ray. Is it still safe to try for a baby this cycle?

I stood next to my son whilst he had a chest X-ray. Is it still safe to try for a baby this cycle?

Yes,: It is safe. The amount of incidental scatter radiation you might have received is probably unmeasurably small, and even if it wasn't, it would have no effect on your chances for pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the general indications used to determine if a child gets a chest X-ray when she is sick?

What are the general indications used to determine if a child gets a chest X-ray when she is sick?

Several: The primary indications I would use include abnormal breath sounds on exam, unexplained fever & breathing rate faster than explained by fever alone. Other indicators such as pain in areas of the chest, back or abdominal may suggest a pneumonia. ...Read more

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A chest X-ray report says. Scaring seen in the right upper zone and old healed lesion. Plz tell me what is the it mean.?

A chest X-ray report says. Scaring seen in the right upper zone and old healed lesion. Plz tell me what is the it mean.?

Previous infection: Scarring usually represents changes from old infectious disease or previous surgery. Most common infection is granulomatous like TB. Scarring usually means disease is not active, ...Read more