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

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

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What does Basilar Atelectasis mean on a chest X-ray?? I had one done and all was normal except this! What is it?

What does Basilar Atelectasis mean on a chest X-ray?? I had one done and all was normal except this! What is it?

Squished lung tissue: Basilar atelectasis is compressed lung tissue that is seen on Xray. It typically occurs because the patient did not take a deep enough breath during the X-ray, so the lung tissue at the bases (hence the word, "basilar") appears crowded on X-ray. A very common finding on X-rays. Note that this is different from collapsed lung (that is called a pneumothorax). ...Read more

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Chest X-ray borderline what does that mean?

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

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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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

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A chest X-ray report says . Scaring seen in the right upper zone and old healed lesion. Plz tell me what is the it mean. ?

A chest X-ray report says . Scaring seen in the  right  upper zone and old healed lesion. Plz tell me what is the it mean.  ?

Previous infection: Scarring usually represents changes from old infectious disease or previous surgery. Most common infection is granulomatous like TB. Scarring usually means disease is not active, ...Read more

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What does no acute disease found mean in a chest X-ray ?

NAD on chest xray: NAD - No acute(active) disease is a terminology used to indicate that there are no acute ie infections, tumors or any sort of disease process appearing on the chest x-ray. There may be chronic changes - usually reported separately. NAD is a good thing ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more