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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 a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

I have a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

Monitor only: There is a good chance this is an inactive process that needs only occasional monitoring. Removal of such a focus would entail excision of the involved lung segment and the potential for significant complications and scarring. Not a good plan. ...Read more

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6 wks mod abd pain just below lower left ribs. Now bilateral, same spot & pain radiating to lower back. Blood tests, metabolic & chest x-ray ok.?

6 wks mod abd pain just below lower left ribs. Now bilateral, same spot & pain radiating to lower back. Blood tests, metabolic & chest x-ray ok.?

More tests.: The first steps were normal, which is good. So more testing is in order. Your doctor may decide that a CT scan or an Ultrasound or an endoscopic exam is the next step. So follow up and do what is suggested. ...Read more

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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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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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I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say without being able to review the films. Have doctor order a CT scan of the chest for a clearer idea in these spots have any significance. ...Read more

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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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Could lung hyperinflation on a chest x-ray be due to body habitus?

Could lung hyperinflation on a chest x-ray be due to body habitus?

No: Lung Hyperinflation is not related to body habitus. It is typically seen from disease causing significant air trapping in the lung such as severe asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) ...Read more

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How large would a lung mass have to be to show up on a chest x-ray?

How large would a lung mass have to be to show up on a chest x-ray?

By definition: A mass is 3 cm or greater. A nodule is anything smaller. Depending on how good the film is, you can see nodules less than a cm I think....I'm not a radiologist though. CT scan is much better for assessing pathology in the lungs ...Read more

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My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

Smoke-damaged lungs: Hyperinflated lungs implies smoke-damage, which leads to emphysema, which leads to copd. If you haven't already, stop smoking -- you will live 10 years longer than your 42yo friends that keep smoking! The inhalers you're using are #1 steroid for lung inflammation, and #2 bronchodilator for coughing/wheezing. With luck, after 1-2mo you can stop #2 and maintain on #1, assuming you can quit smoking. ...Read more

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Will chest X-ray of pa lateral show lungs...However my only front and side were taken. Back image wasnt.

Will chest X-ray of pa lateral show lungs...However my only front and side were taken. Back image wasnt.

X-rays looks through: X-rays beams go completely through the body part, so the back of your chest was evaluated as well.

But, if you want a specific back x-ray, you need to have a separate x-ray.

Please understand radiation from studies are cumulative. If not necessary, avoid studies that require the use of radiation. ...Read more

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I had a chest x ray that showed hyper inflated lungs. Everything else was normal. I smoke. I am a 51 year old female. Is this copd?

I had a chest x ray that showed hyper inflated lungs. Everything else was normal. I smoke. I am a 51 year old female. Is this copd?

Yes, it may: And it should be followed up with pulmonary function studies, which can definitively show whether airway obstruction is present, and if so, how severe it is. YOU NEED TO STOP SMOKING before your lungs are so damaged that little reversal is possible. At this stage, if you stop, significant improvement can usually occur. Please get help from a pulmonary physician or your PCP, and support groups. ...Read more

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I had a chest X-ray today and there is a dark black circle no more than 9mm on it. What could it be. It's in my left lung. But very noticeable.

I had a chest X-ray today and there is a dark black circle no more than 9mm on it. What could it be. It's in my left lung. But very noticeable.

More tests needed: Although this could be an early warning sign of cancer it could also be a benign mass or due to an infection. You should have this followed up with more tests. Please work together with your primary care physician and radiologist to get to the bottom of what this black circle is. ...Read more

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Iwould multiple lung lesions 2.5 CM eeavh in size located on the outer part of the right lung be detected on a chest x ray? My diagnosis is stage4 non

Iwould multiple lung lesions 2.5 CM eeavh in size located on the outer part of the right lung be detected on a chest x ray? My diagnosis is stage4 non

Usually: The smallest lesion on chest radiograph that can be detected is about 5 to 8 mm. A lot depends on its location, peripheral or central. 2.5 cm lesions are easily visualized. ...Read more

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My 2 yr daughter's chest x ray reveals that LINEAR OPACITIES ARE SEEN IN BILATERAL UPPER LUNGS. PROMINENT MARKINGS...... Pls tell me if there is any p?

My 2 yr daughter's chest x ray reveals that LINEAR OPACITIES ARE SEEN IN BILATERAL UPPER LUNGS. PROMINENT MARKINGS...... Pls tell me if there is any p?

Mgt: These markings may represent a number of possible conditions. Among these include infections such as TB. I would advise a virtual consultation so that her history and radiograph may be uploaded for a detailed discussion. ...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?

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