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What does a shadow in the lung mean on an x-ray?

What does a shadow in the lung mean on an x-ray?

It depends: Shadow is a general term used in describing objects on a chest radiograph. For instance the heart creates a shadow on the x-ray. Can you be any more specific? ...Read more

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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An x-ray revealed a light shadow at the base of the right lung. What does this mean? Thanks!

An x-ray revealed a light shadow at the base of the right lung.  What does this mean?  Thanks!

Difficult to say: without seeing the xray. Correctly interpreting chest xrays is a skill that requires years of practice. You should discuss the finding with the doctor who ordered the xray and/or get a copy of the radiologist report, which you might also need to discuss with the doctor. Don't worry about the finding, but don't be afraid to ask questions. If it was serious you probably would have been told. ...Read more

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I had a abnormal c x-ray it showed a density in the retrocardic area of lungs what does it mean?

I had a abnormal c x-ray it showed a density in the retrocardic area of lungs what does it mean?

See doctor: You need to discuss this with your doctor since there are many types of densities which signify different things. Why was the CT obtained in the first place? ...Read more

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I recently had an x-ray and the result was "Suspicious reticular opacities in the right upper lung. What does this mean?

I recently had an x-ray and the result was "Suspicious reticular opacities in the right upper lung. What does this mean?

Your doctor is: probably worried that you might have tuberculosis; either active, or chronic with scarring. Since you live in Philippines where TB is endemic, any abnormality in the upper lung is assumed to be TB until proven otherwise. Your doctor may order more tests and if she/he believes you have active TB, will put you on several medications that you must take for several months. ...Read more

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Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

Hello, today I received my results from a chest x-Ray and it said my lungs are hyperextended what does that mean?

X-Ray: you need to discuss this with the ordering/examining doctor as they have your history, your results and have done an exam. They are in the best position to explain things and give you advice. ...Read more