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Pertussis Chest X Ray Findings
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
It depends...: It depends on the area covered by the x-ray and on how enlarged the lymph nodes are. A chest x-ray would probably show significant lymph node enlargement that may be suspicious for lymphoma in the mediastinal area (inside the chest cavity) and possibly in the supraclavicular (above the collarbone), lower cervical (neck), and axillary (armpit) regions. Inguinal (groin) lymph nodes would not show. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.
Pleural effusion: It sounds like you are concerned you have a pleural effusion along with the pneumonia you were diagnosed with. A pleural effusion would have been seen on the chest xray taken if it was significant. If it has been a while since your chest xray and you have completed a course of treatment and you are still coughing or short of breath, then please see your doctor again for re-evaluation. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on your symptoms. If hilar adenopathy is suspected, a CT scan with contrast is indicated. If CHF is suspected, a BNP (blood sample) would be helpful. Regardless, an echocardiogram is indicated to evaluate cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart shadow). Other tests may also be necessary depending on the situation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New clubbing fing/toes, episcleritis, headache, parasthesias, joint/chest pain. Chest Xray, chest CT w/contrast, abd CT w/contrast, head ct, cbc, cmp, esr, crp, tsh, pft, ekg, ECG all normal!?!
Yes: A chest x-ray can show different structures in the chest including the trachea and lungs, heart, vessels, bones, and the diaphragm to name a few. They do not see everything and there are other tests to look for and at specific things depending on the clinical issue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Our report says Chest Apical Lordotic for RUL density ob chest xray: Chest CT is needed to further ealuate the preciously described findings as well?
Probably not.......: This is most likely the result of previous infection. Typically this thickening will look the same on the right and left with only some minor difference in thickness. If this is the case it is most likely nothing to worry about and just a follow-up chest xray to give you peace of mind. If there is a marked asymmetry or associated bone destruction this would need further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Do chest CT scans w/contrast include evaluation of the clavicle and shoulder? What about chest xrays?
Yes&No: Some of the clavicle can be seen. The shoulder, not too much. CXR does see both, but is a 2Dimensional image and therefore don't see other views of the shoulder. ...Read more
I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?
Mgt/workup: Your findings are of concern, and an exam documenting any lymphadenopathy is important. I would suggest seeing your PCP. Your symptoms may also be due to TB, cardiac disease, pulmonary embolism. A virtual online appt is available for follow up and to review your HRCT. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more
Not the best test: A high resolution CT chest would be the best study to evaluate fibrotic lung disease. ...Read more
Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?
Radiation from CT: This issue should be discussed with your pulmonary doctor and radiologist. There is some risk associated with the radiation from multiple ct scans. However, that risk is likely small compared to the risk of a nodule identified in the lung, and may not outway the risks of ct, in the long run. There should be a plan with a reasoned approach that minimizes the risk of ct that you can agree with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with acute bronchitis, but Xray revealed abnormality in lung. Research shows that bronchitis doesn't show up in Xray. Possible pneumonia?
Chest x-ray findings state that heart size is within normal limits and lung volumes are upper limits normal. What does upper limits normal mean?
It means: that you probably took a big, healthy breath in when they took the chest xray. ...Read more
My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone,no symptoms,is it serious?
I had my chest x-ray last weekend. The result states, “essentially normal chest findings” should i be worried or not? Thank you.
Depends: Depends on the symptoms that where being demonstrated at the time the CXR was obtained and why the CXR was obtained ? ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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