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March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray  yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

Likely ok: Radiographic resolution of pneumonia is typically slower than (lags behind) clinical resolution. What does the report impression say? ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Dr found a very small lesion on my lung, i worry about it but he said its so small we dont need a CT scan.how do i ease my mind?

Dr found a very small lesion on my lung, i worry about it but he said its so small we dont need a CT scan.how do i ease my mind?

Small lung lesion: Most very small lesions/spots/nodules seen on chest x-ray are benign temporary findings or calcifications. The usual recommendation is for repeat x-ray in 1 year, or perhaps 6 months if you have risk factors(smoking, risk of TB or other lung infection). if there is change, such as increased size then a CT scan may be appropriate. Again most of the small findings on CXR are benign. ...Read more

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I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should i be worried?

I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should i be worried?

Fleischner criteria: Nodules are common, and tend to scare people. The following link has criteria often followed by radiology groups regarding your findings. Be cautious, but not worried. Best wishes. http://www.snm.org/docs/pet_coe/off_the_wall/fleis.pdf. ...Read more

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Had ct scan was told have very small nodule on lung not to worry have primary dr. X-ray yearly should I be concerned?

Had ct scan was told have very small nodule on lung not to worry have primary dr. X-ray yearly should I be concerned?

Lung nodule: Depending on the size of the nodule as well as your risk factors, follow up is usually with a repeat CT scan in 6-12 months. ...Read more

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Lung CT scan impression: multiple small nodules largest 6mm ill-defined semisolid noncalcified medial left upper lobe ?

Lung CT scan impression: multiple small nodules largest 6mm ill-defined semisolid noncalcified medial left upper lobe ?

Lung Nodules:: It is fairly common for people to have benign lung nodules that are incidentally found on ct scans. Would recommend a follow-up scan in a few months just to make sure they are not growing. If you smoke, please stop! but, i wouldn't be too worried about these small lung nodules. Check back with your physician for a follow-up plan. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base anterior to cysts what does it mean?

See your doctor: Your question could mean a lot depending on your history, you are quite young why did you have a CT? do you already have any kind of cancer, what Cyst are you talking about>? basically in this situation you should talk to the doctor who ordered your Ct scan as the history matters a lot ...Read more

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Had lower left pneumonia March 4. Right lung had some fluid. Ct scan yesterday showed left lung clear. Right small fluid and atelectasis. What now??

Had lower left pneumonia March 4. Right lung had some fluid. Ct scan yesterday showed left lung clear. Right small fluid and atelectasis. What now??

Resolving pneumonia: Do you have an incentive spirometer to encourage deep breathing and expansion of the lung? You can buy them online, even from Amazon or a health supplies store/site. Blowing an instrument, singing, blowing up a balloon, and simple deep breathing exercises as well as being more active out of bed will help resolve it. ...Read more

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Should i worry about my chest CT scan showing multiple patches of ground glass infiltrates on my lungs?

No not usually: Usually these are findings due to prior swelling or infection in lungs; even based on where you grew up. We use stability on cts to confirm benign nature. Sometimes treatment w/ antibiotics considered. Biopsy considered with hi risk though age & smoking history important. ...Read more

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Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

Not necessary: Are you referring as small lymph nodes or small nodules on the lung? There are other conditions beside cancer that can be presented with small nodes - including infections, inflammation, autoimmune process, etc. So, a good history, examination, blood work and serial imaging would be necessary to be done. Discuss with your md in detail. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed very small lung nodule. I've had 3 chest x-rays prior and nothing showed on them. What happens now? How to determine if it's cancer?

Ct scan showed very small lung nodule. I've had 3 chest x-rays prior and nothing showed on them. What happens now? How to determine if it's cancer?

Depends: If the nodule is very small, it would not be seen in a plain x-ray so the fact you had 3 prior negative ones does not mean much. You may have had it undetected for years. Depending on how big it is and your clinical situation, your doc may opt to follow up with another ct scan in 6-12 months, do a pet scan, or proceed with a biopsy. Good luck and if you are a smoker, quit today. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more