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Doctor insights on: Chest X Ray Vs Ultrasound

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Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Which is best chest CT vs chest mri?

Which is best chest CT vs chest mri?

It depends: Chest ct is more commonly used to evaluate the lungs, blood vessels, bones, and soft tissues. Chest mri, which takes longer to perform, is typically reserved for evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels (aorta, etc.), the heart, or masses that need to be further characterized. Chest ct is better at evaluating the lungs. ...Read more

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Bilateral hilar enlargement with cardiomegaly.In chest x ray. What's next?

Bilateral hilar enlargement with cardiomegaly.In chest x ray. What's next?

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

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Would a double contrast chest CT scan and a chest X-ray rule out fibrosis?

Would a double contrast chest CT scan and a chest X-ray rule out fibrosis?

Not the best test: A high resolution CT chest would be the best study to evaluate fibrotic lung disease. ...Read more

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What is better CT scan or mir to further diagnose right superior mediastinum widening in the chest x ray?

What is better CT scan or mir to further diagnose right superior mediastinum widening in the chest x ray?

CT scan: Mediastinum is best seen with a contrast enhanced ct scan. Mri is improving and could be used instead but i prefer ct scan. Right mediastinal widening could be due to a congenital anomaly such as right sided aortic arch. Have you reviewed this finding with your doctor? ...Read more

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Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Not deadly: It's not deadly but you should make your doctors aware of all the radiation you've recieved. The bigger question is why so many cts? Are they all really necessary? ...Read more

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Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

No: Chest CT with contrast will not show blockages in the coronary arteries. Cardiac CT is specialized for evaluation of the blood supply to the heart. ...Read more

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What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

Central markings: Central markings consisting of combination of blood vessels and bronchial walls. These extend out from mediastinum and heart. ...Read more

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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?

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?

NO!: Lung cancer has been eliminated as a realistic diagnosis. Move on, be glad. There are rather more mundane causes for shoulder pain. See an orthopedic surgeon and find out what's going on with that shoulder. ...Read more

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Do chest CT scans w/contrast include evaluation of the clavicle and shoulder? What about chest xrays?

Do chest CT scans w/contrast include evaluation of the clavicle and shoulder? What about chest xrays?

Yes&No: Some of the clavicle can be seen. The shoulder, not too much. CXR does see both, but is a 2Dimensional image and therefore don't see other views of the shoulder. ...Read more

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Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Radiation from CT: This issue should be discussed with your pulmonary doctor and radiologist. There is some risk associated with the radiation from multiple ct scans. However, that risk is likely small compared to the risk of a nodule identified in the lung, and may not outway the risks of ct, in the long run. There should be a plan with a reasoned approach that minimizes the risk of ct that you can agree with. ...Read more

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Had numerous abdomen x rays and CT scan also chest scan and x Ray and 2 ultra sound of liver and gallbladder could they have noticed a hiatal hernia?

Had numerous abdomen x rays and CT scan also chest scan and x Ray and 2 ultra sound of liver and gallbladder could they have noticed a hiatal hernia?

Yes, on chest ct : Hiatal hernia should be able to be visualized on a chest ct unless it is very small . It usually wouldn't be visualized on liver/gallbladder ultrasounds. It might be visualized on x rays if it is large enough. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

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 more

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Ultrasound vs x ray, which is better/more efficient?

Ultrasound vs x ray, which is better/more efficient?

Depends: Ultrasound and x-rays are both used to "look" into the body for diagnosis. X-ray uses ionizing radiation which is safe in doses given for usual images, ultrasound uses high frequency sound. Each modality has its strengths and weaknesses depending on the part of the body being imaged or the disease process the doctor is looking for. ...Read more

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What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?

What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?

Different chest CTs: High resolution chest CT usually with out intravenous contrast is used to define interstitial lung disease pattern, whether diffuse or localized process. CT of chest examination with contrast intravenously usually looking for tumors or metastases and acute infection in the lungs. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between an chest X-ray and CT scan?

Whats the difference between an chest X-ray and CT scan?

Both use x-rays: A chest ct is a very detailed look at the lung, blood vessels, heart and bony thorax. It takes very thin (3-5mm) slices which allows for detailed analysis of lung structure. The chest x-ray takes a 3-d structure and collapses it to 2-d. This still provides very detailed information of the chest, but can lead to overlap -- sometimes requiring additional views or a ct scan to clear things up. ...Read more

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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