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Doctor insights on: Digital X Ray

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Can "x rays films" go through airport scanners?

Yes: There is no problem as long as the film has been used to take x-rays. Unexposed film can't be scanned. ...Read more

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Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

Yes and no: The X-ray will show a mass on the bony spine , at times haze on the soft tissue on the spine and lesions eroding the spine. Al of these masses that can be seen on X-rays can be benign or malignant. Thus the X-ray will show the mass but can not prove it is cancer without a biopsy ...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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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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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

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Do x rays show herniated disk

Do x rays show herniated  disk

No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray energy will pass through this soft tissue structure while it does not penetrate the bone but you can get idea of how degenerative the disc may be by seeing how narrowed the disc space is or amount of bone spurs seen around it. Ct & MRI reveal disc. ...Read more

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Will scar tissue show up on an x ray?

Will scar tissue show up on an x ray?

Usually not: Scar tissue will not show up on routine x-rays. An MRI on the other hand may be able to locate scar tissue much better. Good luck. ...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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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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My rt ovary measures 3.89 x 2.59 x 2.21cm. Left measures 3.61 x 3.04 x 2.29. Uterus is 12.98 x 9.66 X 6.66 cm. Is this normal?

My rt ovary measures 3.89 x 2.59 x 2.21cm. Left measures 3.61 x 3.04 x 2.29. Uterus is 12.98 x 9.66 X 6.66 cm. Is this normal?

Pelvic measurements: The ovaries are of normal size. The uterus is a bit enlarged except if a woman has carried a few term pregnancies, her uterus can be this size normally. But for most woman this would be a slightly enlarged uterus. ...Read more

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Will an MRI detect foot fracture?

Will an  MRI detect foot fracture?

DontNeedMriForFractu: You do not need an expensive imaging like MRI to diagnose and treat fractures.But if MRI is done for some other reason it will show foot fractureif it is there ...Read more

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Ultrasound results: right ovary 4.5 X 3.7 X 2.2, left ovary 6.0 X 5.8 X 3.3 simple cyst 4.3 X 3.5 X 2.9. What does this mean? Concerning?

Ultrasound results: right ovary 4.5 X 3.7 X 2.2, left ovary 6.0 X 5.8 X 3.3 simple cyst 4.3 X 3.5 X 2.9. What does this mean? Concerning?

Cysts are common: It is very normal for wome to develop a cyst from time to time. Most resolve within 6-8 weeks and do not require surgery. For some, cysts can be painful. Others do not even know they have a cyst. There are several types of cysts. Your doctor can give you specific advise on the management of your specific cyst. ...Read more

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X ray showed unusual scollping of ulna could it be computer mouse pressure?

X ray showed unusual scollping of ulna could it be computer mouse pressure?

Changes on the: Margin or joint of an ulna at the wrist may be a sign of infalmmatory arthritis, inure, early osteoarthritsi, or just an artifact of normal anatomy but it won't be from uisng a comoute mouse. If one has a joint with xray chages and one does something that irritated it then it owuld make that joint sore but arthritis no whether its a mouse or a car or a smart phone. ...Read more

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Could those x rays cause cancer?

Could those x rays cause cancer?

Worth the risk: Ionizing radiation contributes to the accumulation of mutations that underlies all cancers. It's a matter of weighing risks versus benefits. No one's even been able to measure any risk from dental x-rays, and even risks from chest x-rays and ct scans are simply guesstimates. I needed dental x-rays last week and trust me, it's worth the almost-zero risk. ...Read more