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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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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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Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

X-Ray: You need to discuss this with the ordering/examining doctor as they have your history, your results and have done an exam. They are in the best position to explain things and give you advice. ...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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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.

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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My chest X-ray showed biapical subpleural scaring. Mild chronic interstitaa changes in lung bases. What does this mean?

My chest X-ray showed biapical subpleural scaring. Mild chronic interstitaa changes in lung bases. What does this mean?

Nonspecific: Over time, the lungs may be exposed to many things including inhaled irritants, bacteria/viruses and even stomach acid in people with reflux. Over time, some scarring can develop in the lungs as a result of these insults. What you describe sounds like these types of changes, though you should discuss with your doctor to be sure you don't have some ongoing interstitial lung disease. ...Read more

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What is low lung volume on babies mean? My son is a year old and had a chest X-ray done and this came back on the paper they gave me.

What is low lung volume on babies mean? My son is a year old and had a chest X-ray done and this came back on the paper they gave me.

Usually: Usually this refers to the fact that infants cannot voluntarily take a deep breath and hold it like adults are instructed to do when they have cxrs taken. This is often reported and may reflect that your son was crying at the time the image was taken. Recommend discussing with your pediatrician if your son has any acute symptoms (cough or wheezing). ...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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Can a chest X-ray show clear lungs but 1 month later show multiple lung lesions 2.5 CM in size? Do lesions grow that fast? Or did the radiologist fail?

Can a chest X-ray show clear lungs but 1 month later show multiple lung lesions 2.5 CM in size? Do lesions grow that fast? Or did the radiologist fail?

YES IT CAN: Yes it can, it depends on what the lesions are from. Radiologist can not make such a mistake. A clear lung on chest xray can not be nd same is tru about multiple lesions which develop within a month. You have to follow up this with your doctor to find out what is the cause of these multiple lesions in lung
it may be due to infection or some kind of tumors. It definitely needs to be investigated furthe. ...Read more

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Can you see lung cancer in a chest x-ray?

Can you see lung cancer in a chest x-ray?

Maybe: It depends on the size and location of the lung cancer.

Small cancers (less than 1 cm) may be difficult to identify with chest radiographs.

Ct scan of the chest is much more sensitive in evaluating for lung cancer and associated disease. ...Read more

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Would a clear chest X-ray mean there is no lung cancer?

Would a clear chest X-ray mean there is no lung cancer?

Not necessarily: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung cancer. A proper protocol chest ct will use about the same radiation as a mammogram.
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How accurate is a chest X-ray for diagnosing lung cancer?

How accurate is a chest X-ray for diagnosing lung cancer?

Not very: A chest ct is much more accurate as it provides much better detail. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

Not easily: Cxr has been compared head to head with chest ct scan for screening in high risk patients for lung cancer. That study, national lung screening trial, found that in high risk patients, screening chest ct scan was more effective, and was found to save lives. Larger cancers might be seen on a cxr, but smaller cancers may be missed. ...Read more

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Doesn't chest x Ray eliminate the existence of Lung Kaposi Sarcoma for an Hiv individual??

Doesn't chest x Ray eliminate the existence of Lung Kaposi Sarcoma for an Hiv individual??

Not always.: Kaposi Sarcoma in the lung may not be visible on a simple chest x-ray. It may require a more advanced study called a Chest CT which allows doctors to look inside the lung on a more high resolution level. There are many cases when someone with KS in the lung had a normal chest xray. Hopefully this answers your question. ...Read more

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If lung cancer cannot be detected on chest X-ray what's the point in having one?

Lung cancer CAN: Be seen on chest x-ray, depending on the size and location of the lesion. Ct is the gold standard, but much more expensive and has a higher radiation dose. ...Read more

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My chest x-ray shows hyperinflated lungs. Can anxiety cause air trapping from poor breathing?

NO: Air trappin is generally due to air OBSTRUCTION in the smaller lung (bronchial) tubes. S guess a VERY DEEP Breath. ..held while the xray is taken could give an appearance of hyperinflation but Radiologist know the difference!!! BTW anxiety generally is associated with rapid shallow breathing...Hope this helps!
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If a dr said chest X-ray showed osteopenia. Calcium deposits in lungs is this life threatening?

If a dr said chest X-ray showed osteopenia. Calcium deposits in lungs is this life threatening?

Probably not: Probably not, but ask the doctor who told you. Osteopenia is bone loss, commonly osteoporosis, but it can be other things, including tumors (that can be life threatening). The lung calcification can be benign scar, but can be a serious infection or tumor. Ask the doctor for information. Get a second opinion if you cannot get a straight answer. ...Read more

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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...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