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Pertussis Chest X Ray Findings
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
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
My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone, no symptoms, is it serious?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes, you: Can see the bones of the thoracic spine, although it is not the optimal means to evaluate them. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Chest X-ray.: A chest X-ray would not be a reliable test in this regard. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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