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Chest X Ray Scarring
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
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
Depends: Depends on your symptoms. If hilar adenopathy is suspected, a CT scan with contrast is indicated. If CHF is suspected, a BNP (blood sample) would be helpful. Regardless, an echocardiogram is indicated to evaluate cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart shadow). Other tests may also be necessary depending on the situation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not.......: This is most likely the result of previous infection. Typically this thickening will look the same on the right and left with only some minor difference in thickness. If this is the case it is most likely nothing to worry about and just a follow-up chest xray to give you peace of mind. If there is a marked asymmetry or associated bone destruction this would need further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the best test: A high resolution CT chest would be the best study to evaluate fibrotic lung disease. ...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.
Yes if greatly enlar: An enlarged heart can be seen on X-ray or CT scan especially if it is greatly enlarged. However, the cause for the enlargement is usually not apparent by those means. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) usually does a better job. sometimes more specialized tests are needed. However, if this is the 1st time that an enlarged heart was detected, it is best to get it confirmed & identify the cause. GL & TY ...Read more
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
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?
Chest X-ray. : A chest X-ray would not be a reliable test in this regard. ...Read more
What is better CT scan or mir to further diagnose right superior mediastinum widening in the chest x ray?
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
19 y/o, normal EKG ECG and chest x ray taken 4 months ago. Could slight chest pain radiating to left arm be do to heart problems or thoracic spine ?
Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more
Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?
Chest X-ray showed mild interstitial scarring adjacent to the superior margin of the right hillus. Should I be concerned?I am 22 yrs old, not a smoker
My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear scarring on left base. He is a heavy smoker could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?
Should be evaluated: The presence of radiologic abnormalities that are persistent in a heavy smoker should be evaluated completely. Several factors need to be taken into consideration while determining further course of action. Talk to a lung specialist in your area for a more detailed assessment to find out the cause for those xray changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would scar tissue left from pleurisy show up on a chest x-ray? Also would scar tissue cause recurring chest pain?
Yes: Pleurisy is caused by inflammation of the linings around the lungs (the pleura), a condition also known as pleuritis. It's possible to have developed scarring. It's also possible that there's a little bit of leftover damage still healing itself. It's widespread inflammation, takes some time to heal, and that could cause chronic chest pain or discomfort. ...Read more
If you mean compared: To a prior chest xray, it could be due to infections or other lung diseases during the interval between the x-rays, leading to some scarring. Alternatively, the radiologist that read this xray may have been more impressed with some areas of scarring and mentioned it in the report, but it was there before, and not new. ...Read more
Chest x-ray showed fibronodular opacities in right upper & left mid zone. had TB 4 yrs back, are these scars from earlier tb ? can this be removed ?
This is a Complex Qu: This is a complex issue. Yes, TB can and often does cause fibrosis/nodular changes which typically regress partially or complete once a full course of treatment has been taken.. There is of course risk of recurrence of TB. So we have to find out if your lung changes are left over of the older TB or are these new changes(progression). For this you need to go back to the doctor who treated your TB. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a very small nodule on the apex of my lung found on chest X-ray my doctor saidit may be scar tissue or a blocked bone shadow, it is on the apex and I am 70 years old, is it cancer?
28/male. Chest x-ray showed "interstitum slightly coarse for age." What does this mean? Does it mean scarring? Should I be concerned?
On my chest x-ray report it states .. right lower lobe linear opacities are related to scarring. No demonstrated pleural abnormality is ok.
If my chest X-ray and CT scans show mild atelectasis and scarring at both bases, what does this mean?
The most common: Cause is not taking a deep breath. ...Read more
Mild scarring left lower lobe diagnosed by chest X-ray how common is this finding? Scared could progress altho dr not concerned should go for CT scan?
Common: Scarring can occur following previous infection , trauma, lung disease or surgery in chest.Scarring is not uncommon in older patient who becomes more exposed to various pulmonary conditions.There is known association of scars and development of lung cancer.Long period of time between baseline scar and cancer.Other risk factors contribute such as smoking, environment, genes.Ct better defines scar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: Cardiac enlargement reflecting heart disease. Abnormalities in ventilation of lungs. Increased densities which may mean edema(fluid in lungs), hemorrhage, tumor, infection and trauma. Skeletal abnormalities such as fractures, dysplasia, bone tumors. Enlarged lymph nodes in mediastinum representing tumor or infection. Congenital abnormalities are often noted of skeleton, lungs, or heart. ...Read more
Sometimes: If thymoma is not causing symptoms,sometimes identified incidentally,found on chest X-ray or CT scan that is performed for another reason. If symptomatic chest X-rays, CT scans or MRI scans or the combination of PET and CT scans, are performed.While mass in the anterior mediastinum suggestive, definitive diagnosis can only be established when the mass is either removed or biopsied with pathology. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers