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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


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My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone, no symptoms, is it serious?

My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone, no symptoms, is it serious?

Scarring: This could be the result of an old infection such as pneumonia which can cause scarring or the findings you describe. Most likely not serious but a follow up chest X-ray or Ct scan in 3 months may be indicated. Speak with ur primary physician or lung doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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Hi; recent chest x ray shows mild widening of the superior mediastinum on the RHS at the level of aortic arch. No other significant findings. 1) what cause this 2) What is it? Thank you

Hi; recent chest x ray shows mild widening of the superior mediastinum on the RHS at the level of aortic arch. No other significant findings. 1) what cause this 2) What is it? Thank you

There are several: Possibilities. Sometimes excess fat in that region can cause that appearance. Particularly in elderly, tortuosity and prominence of large blood vessels can do it. If there has been trauma, bleeding in the mediastinum can do it. Enlarged lymph nodes and other masses in the area can do it. Or, it can just be normal variation. Your doc might want to get a chest CT to sort it out. ...Read more

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What is a prominent cardio phrenic fat pad constant finding since 2008 on chest X-ray? Where did it come from? Norm? Please exp. Age 60. 5'6" weigh 160

What is a prominent cardio phrenic fat pad constant finding since 2008 on chest X-ray? Where did it come from? Norm? Please exp. Age 60. 5'6" weigh 160

This is normal.: Everyone has a little triangle of fat at the tip of their heart. It may get smaller or larger as BMI changes. Your BMI is slightly overweight but not obese. I would not let the fat pad bother me, but I would make sure that I kept my BMI in the healthy range. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration. What does that mean?

My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration. What does that mean?

Non specific: Apical pleural thickening is non specific but can mean possible previous infection, most common is tuberculosis. Hyperaeration if a real finding is seen in asthma and COPD. Sometimes patients when told to take a deep breathe can over cooperate and simulate hyperaeration. ...Read more

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Mild scarring left lower lobe diagnosed by chest X-ray how common is this finding? Scared could progress altho dr not concerned should go for CT scan?

Mild scarring left lower lobe diagnosed by chest X-ray how common is this finding? Scared could progress altho dr not concerned should go for CT scan?

Common: Scarring can occur following previous infection, trauma, lung disease or surgery in chest. Scarring is not uncommon in older patient who becomes more exposed to various pulmonary conditions. There is known association of scars and development of lung cancer.Long period of time between baseline scar and cancer. Other risk factors contribute such as smoking, environment, genes. Ct better defines scar. ...Read more

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How can a chest X-ray show that i’m a smoker? My doctor asked me if I smoke after looking at my chest x-ray. Is there something different about a smoker’s x-rays and a non-smoker’s x-rays?

How can a chest X-ray show that i’m a smoker? My doctor asked me if I smoke after looking at my chest x-ray. Is there something different about a smoker’s x-rays and a non-smoker’s x-rays?

Dirty lungs?: Usually smoking appears on chest radiograph as prominent central markings which can also be seen in viral infection, reactive airway disease, and inhaling polutants. Interstitial markings or small lines in lungs more prominent. ...Read more

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Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

Not usually: As long as this is not perfomred for a prolonged period of time. Chest xray is low radiation burden but can accumulate if two xrays a week for months. If seriously ill and measure taken to preserve life or cure illness then benefits out weigh risks. ...Read more

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How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

Medical school: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, 4 years of Radiology residency and possibly a fellowship. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my chest X-ray show that I have smoked?

What do the experts think, should my chest X-ray show that I have smoked?

Suggestion: If you have emphysema or, worse case scenario, lung cancer, then smoking may be inferred as it is a common cause of these. If radiologists see these issues we may raise the question of a smoking history. However, there is no finding on chest x-ray that is definitive for a smoking history. ...Read more

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What is a chest X ray to R/o pneumonia?

Your doctor: Suspects pneumonia, is ordering a chest x-ray to confirm it. ...Read more

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What does hyperaeration on chest X-ray indicate?

What does hyperaeration on chest X-ray indicate?

Overaeration lungs: Hyperaeration means lungs contain larger amount of air than normally expected. Has many causes. In children can be seen with diseases causing air trapping such as bronchiolitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart disease, early aspiration, and metabolic acidosis. In adults airtrapping usually associated with asthma or COPD (emphysema) and other diffuse lung diseases.. ...Read more

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Had chest X-ray they ask if I have surgeries why?

Had chest X-ray they ask if I have surgeries why?

Many reasons: Retractors are often used for chest surgery and change configuration of ribs. Sutures or vascular clips are often radiopaque and visualized. Cardiac surgery usually has sternal wire sutures when chest entered centrally. Replacement heart valves are visible. Anatomy changes when have lung resection. ...Read more

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What are the chances of detection of smoking in a chest x-ray?

Unless you have: Developed some of the longer term complications of smoking (e.g. COPD/emphysema), the chest x-ray will probably look normal. ...Read more

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Can TB be seen on chest x-ray?

Can TB be seen on chest x-ray?

Sometimes, esp: Chronic infection. But most chest x-rays (at least in the us and canada) done for postive PPD skin test show no evidence of pulmonary tb. ...Read more

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What is bibasilar linear opacity in chest X-ray indicates?

What is bibasilar linear opacity in chest X-ray indicates?

Scar vs. Atelectasis: "bibasilar linear opacity" is a term used by radiologists to describe thin lines seen in the bases of both lungs. The typical cause for this are benign conditions such as atelectasis or scarring after a previous infection (pneumonia). Comparison with previous chest x-rays to determine chronicity and/or cause may be necessary. ...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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Can chest X-ray detect cancer in ribs?

Can chest X-ray detect cancer in ribs?

Yes: Most of the time it will show an abnormality. But a physical exam, history, imaging test and a lot of times a biopy for tissue diagnosis is needed. Pain in the affected bone the most common complain in patients. ...Read more

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Could reflux esophagitis show on chest x-ray?

Could reflux esophagitis show on chest x-ray?

No: Esophagitis is inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. It is not evident on a chest x-ray but may be seen on a barium swallow of the esophagus or, with greater sensitivity, endoscopy of the esophagus by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Why is there more scar tissue on a chest x ray?

Why is there more scar tissue on a chest x ray?

If you mean compared: To a prior chest xray, it could be due to infections or other lung diseases during the interval between the x-rays, leading to some scarring.

Alternatively, the radiologist that read this xray may have been more impressed with some areas of scarring and mentioned it in the report, but it was there before, and not new. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

If necessary: Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy. If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby. ...Read more

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Can they see my bones in my back from a chest x-Ray?

Can they see my bones in my back from a chest x-Ray?

Yes, you: Can see the bones of the thoracic spine, although it is not the optimal means to evaluate them. ...Read more

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What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

Many sources...: Many medical conditions can cause spots to form on lungs. The most common in the US include prior tuberculosis infection and/or prior histoplasmosis infection (a fungal infection). These spots may be called "nodules" by your doctor. If they are small (less than 8 mm) they may be followed over time with repeat/serial scans of the chest. If in 2 years they do not change they are benign. ...Read more

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Had ECG chest X-ray tropin levels dimer all neg am I ok?

Had ECG chest X-ray tropin levels dimer all neg am I ok?

What symptoms: If you were having chest pain and had normal results you probably at your age have no cardiac issue You still could have heart burn, gastritis, reflux, gallbladder issues etc. Which could be causing pain If you have continued pain go and be seen again for another evaluation ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose gynecomastia with a chest x-ray?

Is it possible to diagnose gynecomastia with a chest x-ray?

Not Necessary.: In-person consultation with your family practitioner and/or plastic surgeon is a good place to start. Accurate history and physical examination is important. Eliminating “causes” of gynecomastia is also important. Surgical treatment usually involves partial excision of the glandular tissue plus/minus liposuction surgery. Again, much of what is recommended will depend on specific physical exam. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

COPD: Tends to cause increased lung volumes (hyperinflation, flattened diaphragm), IPF does not. COPD often results in lung destruction with bulla formation, so the lungs look hyperlucent (darker) on xray, IPF does not, IPF causes fibrosis/scarring, resulting in increased "lung markings". There are other distinctions, but not enough space here! ...Read more

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Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Imaging center: Your doctor should have given you a referral slip for the chest xray. They may have a particular imaging place they want you to go to, but you can go to almost any imaging center or hospital. Most positive TB test chest x-rays will be normal so try not to worry too much until you have your results. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a chest X-ray without covering your genitals?

Is it okay to have a chest X-ray without covering your genitals?

Keep covered: Amount of radiation decreases with distance organ is away from xray beam. However any radiation exposure that is not needed is unwise. Keep lead over gonads when not body part necessary to be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Emphysema can occur with a normal chest xray. Mild changes may only be visible with ct scan, however the underlying physiologic abnormality with emphysema or COPD is diagnosed with pulmonary function tests which measure lung function and involve breathing into a device which can measure aspects while breathing. ...Read more

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Why did the chest X-ray tech ask if I had previous chest surgery?

Why did the chest X-ray tech ask if I had previous chest surgery?

Unknown: If before the film, it may be on the protocol / history in attempting to set ranges.
Or after the film she may have seen something to relate to the radiologist. ...Read more

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Would a chest x ray show be able to see any cancer of the spine?

Would a chest x ray show be able to see any cancer of the spine?

You may or may not: It all depends on the type of cancer in your spine and its stage of growth.
Some cancers eat-up the bone and others build on the existing bone.
Best recommendation would be to have a doctor order the test that will best diagnose your disease. ...Read more

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Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Are cancerous lymph nodes typically identifiable on a chest x-ray?

Not always: A typical chest xray is not very sensitive in finding abnormal lymph nodes. The best radiographic tests are chest cat scan and pet/cat scan when indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Absolutely: Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide. It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and have a normal chest xray. Even people with severe emphysema can sometimes have normal chest xrays. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

Looks different: Pneumonia is a patchy or consolidated infiltrate, and TB are smaller cavitay lesions or spots in the lung. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild emphysema to show up on a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible for mild emphysema to show up on a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Yes -- it would take a ct or MRI to detail minor abnormality in the lung tissue with more accuracy. ...Read more

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What might a chest X-ray show if you have some pain when breathing in?

What might a chest X-ray show if you have some pain when breathing in?

Possibly: A chest xray can be very helpful to find a cause for chest pain, such as pneumonia or rib fracture. Depending on how long it has been going on, where the pain is located and what other symptoms are there (cough, trauma, etc.) your doctor can decide what other studies might be needed. Sometimes a very sensitive xray called a ct (or cat) scan is needed to sort out in detail what's wrong. ...Read more

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What are the causes of increased bilateral pulmonary markings in chest x-ray?

What are the causes of increased bilateral pulmonary markings in chest x-ray?

Lung markings.: Not knowing the clinical situation involves, general possibilities can include pulmonary edema, interstitial pneumonia, interstitial fibrosis, acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis. This can also reflect environmental or occupational lung disease. ...Read more