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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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After treatment of pneumonia will the chest xray improve?

After treatment of pneumonia will the chest xray improve?

If therapy correct: If treatment is appropriate for organism causing the pneumonia answer is yes. Usually patient improves by feeling better much sooner than radiography completely normalizes. Complete radiographic resolution can lag 6 -8 weeks behind clinical improvement. If no clinical improvement then patient usually reevaluated with imaging. The wrong or a resistant organism may be cause. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

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

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

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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Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Yes: Early phase pneumonia with fever and chills may have normal chest xray and consolidate 24-48 hours later, Consolidation can lag behind clinical symptom. And clinical improvement before xray improves. Immune compromised patients on chemotherapy with neutropenia or few white blood cells, exam can look negative. It is necessary to have white blood cells to form consolidation. Bacteria are not radio de ...Read more

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Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Sometimes: If have symptoms compatible with pneumonia, chest xray can demonstrate consolidation consistent with pneumonia. Some pneumonias are bacterial, fungal, and viral. Often have different radiographic patterns. Clinical exam by physician and certain blood tests are other ways of confirming pneumonia. ...Read more

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Does the chest X-Ray take time to show changes if a person has pneumonia?

Does the chest X-Ray take time to show changes if a person has pneumonia?

Sometimes: Pneumonia on radiograph can lag few days behind clinical symptoms. Going the other way, patient starts feeling better long before changes resolve on radiograph. ...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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Chest X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia. Is this early stage of pneumonia. Thanks jimmy?

Chest X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia. Is this early stage of pneumonia. Thanks jimmy?

The finding: Described as alveolar infiltrates can be due to early or mild or healing pneumonia. Blood or fluid in lungs can give this appearance also. Please have your doctor match the x-ray findings with your history and symptoms. May need ct scan of chest. ...Read more

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Can healthy people get MAC Mycobacterium pneumonia? After 10 days oral and IV antibiitic chest X-ray still Shows pneumonia. Better but still there. Mac?

Can healthy people get MAC Mycobacterium pneumonia? After 10 days oral and IV antibiitic chest X-ray still Shows pneumonia. Better but still there. Mac?

Mgt: Radiographic resolution does lag behind clinical improvement. A virtual consult may be helpful and you can upload your imaging and records. Are you experiencing symptoms? ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 3 months ago chest X-ray is now clear but have awful chest pain does chest X-ray so parmanant damage to lung could that cause it?

Had pneumonia 3 months ago chest X-ray is now clear but have awful chest pain does chest X-ray so parmanant damage to lung could that cause it?

Heart attack pain?: A person with chest pain must see the doctor to find out why. He should consider going to the E.R. If he cannot reach his doctor immediately. If it turns out to be a heart problem, a collapsed lung, a pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung, bad heartburn, costochondritis (inflammation of the rib joints), etc..., he will still be in the right place at the emergency room. One chest x-ray isn't harmful. ...Read more

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Had a chest X-ray and was told I have pneumonia. On meds but how long until the fever and body ache goes away? It's really bad!

Had a chest X-ray and was told I have pneumonia. On meds but how long until the fever and body ache goes away? It's really bad!

Pneumonia: Usually fever from pneumonia will go away within 3-4 days of starting appropriate antibiotics but like many things pneumonias vary in severity and the strength or weakness of your own immune response is also a factor. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

Talk to your doctor: This is a potentially very severe situation. The adenopathy or hilar mass may be causing a post-obstructive pneumonia, or the hilar lesions and the pulmonary infiltrates may be part of a single entity such as sarcoidosis. This should be discussed at length with the doctor caring for you. ...Read more

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My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion. Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia. Dark green mucus.?

My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion. Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia. Dark green mucus.?

Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depends on additional info, other symptoms, fever, physical exam findings etc. ...Read more

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Dr said that my 4y/o daughter has walking pneumonia after seeing her chest X-ray and listening to her chest. Radiology rpt is negative. What is it?

Dr said that my 4y/o daughter has walking pneumonia after seeing her chest X-ray and listening to her chest. Radiology rpt is negative. What is it?

Exam vs X-ray: A doctor can often hear a pneumonia on a child days before the x-ray will turn positive. S/he can also miss a pneumonia that shows up on x-ray if the common sounds are not audible. In kids, the x-rays will often remain positive for up to six weeks after the pneumonia has cleared with treatment. It is the combination of exam, lab and tests in the hands of a trained doc that comes up with answers. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have my chest X-ray this month even if I had it last january, because my doctor advised me to have my x-ray. I have asthma, ang I have a history of pneumonia last 2009.

Yes.: Yes. Although I understand your concerns regarding radiation exposure, follow-up cxrs are important. We routinely re-check cxrs to follow nodules or to ensure pneumonia is resolving among other reasons. Also, new symptoms or concerns can prompt a repeat cxr. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more