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Spot On Left Lung
The hospital found a dark spot on my
left lung, was too have a biopsy but
they changed to a bone scan whitch i
will have in a few days. Why .?
Bonds scan?: While i can see reasons were a bone scan might be useful, i would usually order a pet scan in such a situation. If your doctors are concerned for lung cancer, then they are looking for evidence that it has spread. If it has spread, then biopsy of the metastasis is more important than biopsy of the lung nodule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?
To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar(s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?
CT guided biopsy: When a spot is close enough to the chest wall, interventional radiologists are able to use ct scan pictures to guide a small needle into a spot. Normally, when a spot is found, we follow it with ct scans. It it looks like it's getting bigger, we plan for a ct guided biopsy to find out what it is. When the spot is away from the chest wall we consider bronchoscopy vs surgical removal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a CT abdominal & pelvic scan found a 7 mm lung spot on the lower left lung. Radiologist wants a CT lung scan done ?
Lung nodule: Ct would better define the nodule. Old chest (if any) x-rays may also be reviewed to determine if the nodule is detected and if there has been an interval change in the nodule over time. Ultimately, consult with a lung specialist(pulmonologist) may be appropriate for additional work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a CT abdominal & pelvic scan found a 7 mm lung spot on the lower left lung. Radiologist wants a CT lung scan done. Thoughts?
Get it done: The ct will show if you have other nodules or evidence of previous infection, such as histoplasmosis, that commonly cause nodules. After that your doctor can know if you need any further procedure or followup. Don't worry too much, these nodules are common and mostly benign. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe not terrible: If by "water" you mean fluid around the lung (called pleural effusion)- this has many potential causes. The suspected cause depends on your individual health history. At your age the most common cause of fluid next to the lung is an impairment of cardiac output, resulting in increased pressures in lung/chest blood vessels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: This is a "spot" in the lung where there's a concentration of solid tissue. The spot may represent a focus of past or present immune activity against a particular germ such as TB or histoplasmosis, or a growth of some type. Most turn out to be harmless, but listen carefully to your doctor(s) re the best and safest way to evaluate the nodule. ...Read more
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