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What Does An Abnormal Chest X Ray Look Like
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
Lots of Things: Do you mean cervical spine? Abnormal could include fractures, disc narrowing, arthritic changes, destructive lesions from infection or cancer, osteoporosis, etc. Do you mean the soft tissues of the neck? Abnormal could mean calcifications of lymph nodes or carotid arteries, swelling of the soft tissues in back of the throat, foreign bodies in the airway or esophagus, etc. Lots of things. ...Read more
Variable appearance: On a mammogram cancer can look like a white irregular density or can appear as small specks of calcium (microcalcifications) clumped in a particular pattern. Sometimes cancers show both features. It is important to remember that not all densities or microcalcifications seen on mammography are cancer. Only a biopsy can confirm that cancer is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe echo: A mass inside the heart or in the wall of the heart would not likely show up on a chest xray. If the mass was large enough or caused the heart to enlarge or if there was a pericardial effusion associated with it, there may be an indirect finding on the xray. But the mass itself would not show up on the xray. Ct of the chest could also potentially see a focal mass in the heart. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increased activity: Where it shouldn't be. All organ systems have some metabolic activity, but active organs, such as the heart, kidneys and brain are normally very active. However, the bones, lungs and muscle are not. Various color schemes can be used to detect abnormal uptake. The yellow orange areas show metastatic disease in the liver and bone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A normal EKG: Because some areas of the heart are electrically silent, one can have a full blown heart attack with an entirely normal ekg. When the ekg is destined to become abnormal, it often lags, not showing changes early on: hence the need for "serial ekgs" (done daily). The adage "treat the patient, not the ekg" hasn't changed over the years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually opacity: Density or consolidation on chest x-ray is increased density replacing normally clear ventilated lung.. Density is usually nonspecific and can represent pneumonia, hemorrhage, collapsed lung, tumor, fluid, etc.There are different dnesities going from lucent lungs (least dense), to fat, soft tisue and bone (most dense) on chest x-ray ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CXR: Without knowing the exact wording of the "Impression" I really cannot say. ...Read more
What to do if I feel palpitations on march 10. would sepsis show up on either the ECG or chest x ray?
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