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Doctor insights on: How Reliable Are Chest X Rays

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Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Good for the chest: A chest X-ray is used to access the lungs to look for things like pneumonia and pleural effusions. It also allows for some evaluation of the heart and bony structures in the chest. Chest X-rays do not show the lover and gallbladder. In order to image the liver and gallbladder well, a study such as an ultrasound, a CT, or an MRI would need to be performed. ...Read more

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Is an EKG and chest X-ray that are normal reliable for heart issues?

Is an EKG and chest X-ray that are normal reliable for heart issues?

Both test could: Help in diagnosis and both can be normal in any heart condition. It will be ok to use both test to start in diagnosis work up. If negative and diagnosis still suspected stress test and/or echocardiogram. The doctor should decide depending on the suspicion and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

No: If you are smoking, the smoke is invisible to X-rays. If you damage you lungs by smoking and get emphysema then it can often be seen. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had 4 views chest X-rays, the technician did not put any protection shield on me, why? Is it danger?

Yesterday I had 4 views chest X-rays, the technician did not put any protection shield on me, why? Is it danger?

With modern: Equipment, a properly collimated chest X-ray delivers essentially zero direct radiation to the pelvis, so pelvic shielding is not necessary. Sometimes the use of shielding is based more on managing expectations and minimizing anxiety rather than science. ...Read more

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My son always suffers from cold and during breathing there is always noise but X-ray report of chest is ok.What should I do?

My son always suffers from cold and during breathing there is always noise but X-ray report of chest is ok.What should I do?

Doctor can evaluate: Noise during breathing can come from the nose, throat, trachea, voice box, or lungs. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see where the noise might be coming from. The doctor may refer to an ENT doctor for a more thorough examination of the nose and throat. Kids with nasal allergies or kids with big tonsils or adenoids can snore and make breathing noises. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and it only lasts for a couple of minutes i took an X-ray but there was nothing wrong with me what could it be?

I have chest pains and it only lasts for a couple of minutes i took an X-ray but there was nothing wrong with me what could it be?

Check it out: Not enough information. A chest x-ray is only part of a chest pain work up. The most important part is a detailed history and physical exam. You should see a doctor and get it checked out. Though it's probably nothing you don't want to miss something serious like your heart. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: X-ray of chest?

What is the definition or description of: X-ray of chest?

Chest contents xray: A chest xray is used to get a look at the soft tissue inside the chest (heart, lungs, contents of the space in the middle) to determine pathology including the extent of infection, state of heart size and the possibility of tumors. It is quite standardized and a useful initial evaluation for those with breathing and other chest problems. ...Read more

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Had X-ray's yesterday, shown some sort of metal object in the chest area. How is this removed if not in trachea, but in chest wall?

Had X-ray's yesterday, shown some sort of metal object in the chest area. How is this removed if not in trachea, but in chest wall?

Surgery if in chest: Most likely needs to be removed by surgery. Have you ever been shot at or been in a war and had shrapnel sprayed on you? I would correlate with your past history of trauma or surgery in this region. ...Read more