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My cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and his heart is not visible.?

My  cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and  his heart is not visible.?

Kind of Weird: I'd say that is kind of weird. I suggest before you put much stock into what you ever learn in any x ray department, you wait and discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the x ray. A lot of misinformation comes from x ray department employees. I know that will offend some folks, but that is my experience. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


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I have had a non productive for 2 months. Chest X-ray show 3.8 CM mass on my left lung. My dr. Says its proabaly a shadow. What is a shadow?

I have had a non productive  for 2 months. Chest X-ray show 3.8 CM mass on my left lung. My dr. Says its proabaly a shadow. What is a shadow?

A bad term: Masses absorb x-rays and cause "shadows" (white areas on an x-ray) the same way your body blocks the sun and causes a dark shadow. A mass is a medical term, a shadow is not. You probably need a chest ct. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest X-ray that shows something unclear on lungs?

What do you advise if I have chest X-ray that shows something unclear on lungs?

Repeat exam: Sometimes something that is unclear can be related to artifact or breathing motion. The easiest remedy is to repeat exam in week to ten days and finding will be clarified, This suggestion should be taken if in no acute distress. Otherwise consult physician, ...Read more

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What causes chest pain if chest X-ray is clear could it still be the lungs?

What causes chest pain if chest X-ray is clear could it still be the lungs?

Anything: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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How large does a lung lesion need to be for it to be detected on a chest x ray?

How large does a lung lesion need to be for it to be detected on a chest x ray?

Depends: Usually 8 to 10 mm in size. A lot depends on location in chest. Sometimes nodules can hide behind other structures such as ribs and heart on this 2 dimensional study. CT of chest with thin slices in multiple planes can detect smaller lesions. ...Read more

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I had a chest X-ray and was told I have an enlarged lung is that bad I do smoke?

I had a chest X-ray and was told I have an enlarged lung is that bad I do smoke?

Overaeration: Overaerated or enlarged lungs can be related to air trapping in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD or chronic asthma. Emphysema either congenital or acquired can enlarge lungs.Smoking is linked to COPD. ...Read more

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Can multiple lung lesions 3.2 CM in size be detected on a chest X-ray of the lungs?

Can multiple lung lesions 3.2 CM in size be detected on a chest X-ray of the lungs?

Yes: The resolution of the cxr is that it can detect nodules as small as 1cm or even smaller depending on the location, i.e., not hidden by the bones or the heart but a 3.2 cm size nodule should definitely be seen. ...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