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Had a abnormal chest x-ray it says vertical density in the retrocardic region what does it mean?

Had a abnormal chest x-ray it says vertical density in the retrocardic region what does it mean?

Vertical density: Many possibilities. You need to follow up with your doctor to find anwers to your questions. You may need to see a chest specialist e.g. a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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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Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?

Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?

Mgt: There may be several possible conditions associated with these findings. Infections may cause cysts. I would suggest a TB test and uploading the scan to your virtual EMR. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor send me for a chest X-ray after getting an abnormal flow from a spyrometry test wouldn't a c t scan be more appropriate?

Why would my doctor send me for a chest X-ray after getting an abnormal flow from a spyrometry test wouldn't a c t scan be more appropriate?

Depends on finding: Chest xray involves less irradiation. An obvious abnormality such as large area of atelectasis or large area of airtrapping might show up without the need for CT. If chest xray is normal or equivocal physician might order CT if underlying cause related to diseases not entirely recognizable on ordinary chest radiograph. Subtle air trapping and minor atelectasis could be recognized ...Read more

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I had irregular heartbeat, went to ER and they did 3 ecgs, chest x ray, blood test and found nothing. What could this be?

I had irregular heartbeat, went to ER and they did 3 ecgs, chest x ray, blood test and found nothing. What could this be?

Many: There are many possible causes for palpitation; some related to abnormal heart beat. Monitoring may be required to detect cause and type of rhythm abnormality. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read more

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Does a smoker's chest X-ray look different than a non-smokers?

Does a smoker's chest X-ray look different than a non-smokers?

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 in smokers. If advanced can have emphysema (overaeration) or COPD as complication ...Read more

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Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

Is chest X-ray 2x a week harmful?

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

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What are infiltrates on a chest x-ray?

What are infiltrates on a chest x-ray?

Non specific: Infiltrate is a non-specific term. It just means that something is is within the normally air-filled air spaces of the lung. It can be infectious (most common in symptomatic patient) or inflammatory. Bleeding can appear as an infiltrate. Also, some cancers can appear more as an infiltrate than a mass. Either way, you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Whàt causes haziness on a chest x-ray?

Whàt causes haziness on a chest x-ray?

Many things: General term is haziness. Volume loss, pneumonia, contusion, scarring and fibrosis, interstitial disease are possibilities. Clinical information, physical exam, and results of other tests have to be correlated. ...Read more

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How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

How can I read and interpret chest x-ray?

Medical school: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, 4 years of Radiology residency and possibly a fellowship. ...Read more

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Is it ok to do twice chest X-ray in a week?

Is it ok to do twice chest X-ray in a week?

Depends: Chest Xrays are still one of low dose radiation procedures. Should always question physician ordering multiple exams if it is truly necessary for management of your health care. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray be substituted for a tst?

Can a chest X-ray be substituted for a tst?

What is TST?: If you mean tuberculin skin test - no. A chest X-ray may diagnose active tb. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray borderline what does that mean?

Depends: Borderline can mean anything. It depends on question asked by clinician for examination. Borderline overaerated, borderline peribronhial thickening, increased interstitial markings. Need more information from report or physician ordering exam. You should ask him. ...Read more

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Might a chest X-ray identify any acute diseases?

Might a chest X-ray identify any acute diseases?

Yes: Chest x-ray can aid in the diagnosis of pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pneumothorax, pulmonary contusion, and aspiration to list a few acute conditions. ...Read more

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What doeslinear opecity in chest X-ray indicates?

What doeslinear opecity in chest X-ray indicates?

Usually benign: If linear density then usually means scar or atelectais (loss of volume). ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can read and interpret chest x-ray?

Can I tell me how I can read and interpret chest x-ray?

Extensive education: Need a radiology residency following medical school which ususally is at least four years of intensive trainng. ...Read more

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Is my chest X-ray bad if I have to wait for the results?

Not necessarily: You should not have to wait too long. Usually report delivered to referring physician in matter of minutes in todays electronic world. I would contact physician or office manager to find out reason for delay. You are entitled to results in reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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What does degenerative changes indicate on a chest x-ray?

Changes in spine: Usually on chest radiograph spurs on thoracic spine are detected which are a sign of degenerative changes. ...Read more

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What does new mild patchy opacities mean in a chest X-ray?

Nonspecific: The chest xray may be the least specific part of your
seeking medical care at this point. You will need to sit down with the ordering or followup physician and go over your specific symptoms and whether they are acute (less than 2 weeks) or chronic (greater than 6 weeks). This is very important for you to do in the next few days. ...Read more

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What is the definition of focal infiltrate on a chest x-ray?

What is the definition of focal infiltrate on a chest x-ray?

Density: Focal density or infiltrate on radiograph is nonspecific term which could represent infection/pneumonia, volume loss/atelectasis, hemorrhage or tumor. ...Read more

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If you smoke what changes will they see on a chest X-ray question?

If you smoke what changes will they see on a chest X-ray question?

Many: Early on very little or no change will be detected. The longer one smokes, changes related to COPD (like lung hyperinflation) can be seen. When lung destruction starts to occur, chest x-ray can detect the typical changes of emphysema. Finally, pulmonary nodules and masses can be detected - some of which are cancerous. It is easy for me to say because I don't smoke, but please stop smoking asap! ...Read more

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I still have stuffiness in my chest. Should I get another chest x-ray?

I still have stuffiness in my chest. Should I get another chest x-ray?

See Dr.: Should be examined by physician to determine need for radiograph. If symptoms do not include fever and production of colored sputum, usually not pneumonia. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my chest X-ray show that I have smoked?

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

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What to do if I have a referral for a chest x-ray. Does it have any expiry date?

What to do if I have a referral for a chest x-ray. Does it have any expiry date?

Preauthorized?: Payers that preauthorize or precertify imaging studies often include an expiration date. Unlike prescriptions for medication, there is not standard expiration date for imaging orders. If there is question about the validity of an order received for imaging services, contact ordering physician. Prescriptions for drugs valid for six months from date on the prescription, controlled substance 28 days ...Read more

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What does new mild patchy opacities in the right lower love mean on a chest X-ray?

Often subjective, it: ... cd be benign or worrisome finding. Patchy opacity means something "more dense than air" is filling up patches (parts) of the lung. It cd be fluid (from pneumonia, heart failure, other lung diseases) or it cd be that part of the lung is under-inflated (called atelectasis) & so has more tissue than air. Or it's an artifact from d breast overlying it; so, d finding has 2 b correlated with symptom ...Read more