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6 x 8 mm stable spiculated apical plueral based nodular scarring & pulmonary nodules 4 x 6 mm. Follow up CT scan in 6 mos. Ok? Quit smoking 20 yrs ago

6 x 8 mm stable spiculated apical plueral based nodular scarring & pulmonary nodules 4 x 6 mm. Follow up CT scan in 6 mos. Ok? Quit smoking 20 yrs ago

Lung nodules: Based on the size and the risk factors, i think a follow up approach with serial ct chest for a total period of 2 years would be recommended and is evidence-based. The second ct chest would be in 3-6 months. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Bibasilar sub CM pulmonary nodules noted on CT scan.Sclerotic focus in right and left iliac,0.4cm and 0.5cm.1.7cm complex right ovarian cyst.Concerns?

Prob. not.: All those items seems relatively benign, ie, not important. If it associated with abnormal labwork, or significant symptoms, then a PET scan may be more useful to identify active disease. If this is the first time the lung nodules have been seen, then a follow up CT in 3-4 months would be recommended. ...Read more

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Fell on my back , had cat scan , revealed (2 ) 4mm lung nodule pulmonary doctor says I should have nothing to worry about, follow cat scan in 6 mnth?

Probably overkill: For nonsmokers, with nodules in that size range, we recommend no further follow-up. If you are smoker stopped smoking. If any follow-up is necessary, 12 months is probably all you need. ...Read more

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Ct chest scan showed several small 2 mm noncalcified but stable pulmonary nodules in both lungs.Should i be concerned. What symptoms could this cause?

Ct chest scan showed several small 2 mm noncalcified but stable pulmonary nodules in both lungs.Should i be concerned. What symptoms could this cause?

Probably not: 2mm nodules are quite small. If these nodules have not grown(monitored by ct) over significant period of time (months), the likelihood of malignancy is small. These are probably granulomas or scar tissue secondary to previous infection. ...Read more

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I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should i be worried?

I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should i be worried?

Fleischner criteria: Nodules are common, and tend to scare people. The following link has criteria often followed by radiology groups regarding your findings. Be cautious, but not worried. Best wishes. http://www.snm.org/docs/pet_coe/off_the_wall/fleis.pdf. ...Read more

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Is a lung nodule which is 7cm in size not very big though described as benign by 1st CT scan with a 2nd CT in 6 mnths should I be concerned about 7cm?

Is a lung nodule which is 7cm in size not very big though described as benign by 1st CT  scan with a 2nd CT in 6 mnths should I be concerned about 7cm?

Need to check: the report again. 7 cm or 7mm or 0.7 cm? If lesion really 7 cm , it needs work up now. If 7mm ( same as 0.7cm ) then 6 month follow up scan ok. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan it showed a 7cm lung nodule it may be benign I'm going to have another CT scan in 6 months to see if it has grown I'm a little concerned?

Had a CT scan it showed a 7cm lung nodule it may be benign I'm going to have another CT scan in 6 months to see if it has grown I'm a little concerned?

Lung Nodules: are very common and fortunately most of the time are benign. Many people actually have these and are unaware. There are certain characteristics of nodules such as size and appearance that may sometimes be more worrisome. Also, a history of cigarette smoking may be a cause for concern. 6 months is a standard screening period for lung nodules. ...Read more

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My dad has a lung nodule that has been stable for 5 years. This year the CT scan showed it grew 1mm. Can CT measurements be wrong?

Yes, it is not exact: Growing lung nodules can be cancer. But the growth has to be real which means increase of more than 2-3 mm before we can get concerned. The cross sections on ct are rarely at the same level so there is one or 2 mm variation between serially done ct scans. ...Read more

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Ct scan from 1 month ago showed my lung nodule grew 1 mm. Will a pet w/ CT tell me if its cancer?

Ct scan from 1 month ago showed my lung nodule grew 1 mm. Will a pet w/ CT tell me if its cancer?

PET scan: Tumors generally have a higher metabolic rate and a pet ct make use of this. Tumor usually lights up on a pet scan. If the tumor nodule is very small it will likely be missed on a pet scan. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more


Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a symptom in which a person has a chest x-ray or CT scan that shows a small lump (nodule) in a lung. A lung nodule can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If cancerous, it can be a lung cancer or can be a metastatic cancer that spread from another ...Read more