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

Had an 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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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.? How will treated.

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.? How will treated.

It could be a scar: Tissue from past infection-? Tb, pneumonia etc. There's no treatment and it's not serious. Follow up with your dr. Take care! ...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

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What does it mean if my chest X-ray showed a 12 mm nodule?

Infection/tumor: Nodules can be related to granulomatous infection such as tuberculosis or coccidiodomycosis or brucellosis if live in endemic areas. Other nodules can some times be caused by staph and can cavitate. Nodules can be seen in metastases and primary lung tumors. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of miliary shadowing on chest x-ray?

Multiple causes: The word miliary means small seed like nodules (shadows). The word miliary is synomomous with infections such as tuberculosis or malignancy. These findings need to correlated with history and physical. Sometime additional testing such as ct scan is needed to further characterize the shadows. ...Read more

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Got my chest x-ray result and the impression is unremarkable chest study? What does it mean?

Means no problem : On chest x-ray, but that doesn't mean you don't have a clinical problem, that's why clinical correlation is important, and any study should be read within a clinical context, the ordering physician would explain better, best wishes ...Read more

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What does "Subtle increased attenuation in the rightperihilar region" relative to a chest x-ray mean?

What does "Subtle increased attenuation in the rightperihilar region" relative to a chest x-ray mean?

Shade o'Gray. Use...: HT Prime. The perihilar region is the part of the lung where the airways & arteries enter. "Increased attenuation" means that the picture (actually, the negative) is brighter. That could be from the presence of inflammatory fluid or infection or congestion, but most often means that the Radiologist ought to check his glasses or equipment. Without symptoms, it's a meaningless (but costly) finding. ...Read more

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28/male. Chest x-ray showed "interstitum slightly coarse for age." What does this mean? Does it mean scarring? Should I be concerned?

28/male. Chest x-ray showed "interstitum slightly coarse for age." What does this mean? Does it mean scarring? Should I be concerned?

Too vague: Ask your doc why he got CXR in first place and if you are a smoker ask him about smoking cessation programs nearby and get in one today! ...Read more

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After having a chest X-ray what does this mean, small rounded area of increased opacification is noted at the left base, which could either due to ove?

Several things: Rounded opacification sounds like nodule. Nodules can be related to infection such as fungus or TB. Nodules can represent neoplasm such as primary lung disease or metastasis from primary tumor elsewhere. Benign lesions with treatment usually decrease in size. Malignant lesions usually increase in size with time. Sometimes lesions have to be biopsied to differentiate benign from malignant tumor. ...Read more

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What does faded lines on chest X-ray means? Is it TB?

What does faded lines on chest X-ray means? Is it TB?

Faded lines: Unfortunately what you describe is too vague, it doesn't really have any meaning at all for me as a radiologist. Is there a specific abnormality described in the report? What terminology do they use? ...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

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Chest X-ray says small calcifications seen in hilar region. What does it mean? How dangerous is it? Should we worry about it?

Chest X-ray says small calcifications seen in hilar region. What does it mean? How dangerous is it? Should we worry about it?

Hard to say: Without seeing the xray, but usually hilar calcifications signify a prior infection/inflammatory response and of are of little significance. Speak with your doc about the relevance of this finding in your case. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray result shows mild pleural-parenchymal tenting what does this mean & what I suppose to take for it?

My chest X-ray result shows mild pleural-parenchymal tenting what does this mean & what I suppose to take for it?

Usuall nothing: Usually means some localized pleural abnormality usually related to old disease or scarring. Could be remnant from pneumonia that was present previously or from old trauma to lung. Sometimes becomes less evident with time. ...Read more

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Smelly sputum with 39.5 degrees c. & chest X-ray showing left basal cavitary lesion. What does this mean? What is this diagnosis?

Smelly sputum with 39.5 degrees c. & chest X-ray showing left basal cavitary lesion. What does this mean? What is this diagnosis?

Different causes: With infection in lungs cavitary lesions can be seen with granulomatous disease such as TB,fungi, or coccidiodomycosis (valley fever). Staph infection and other bacteria can have cavitation. Metastases and neoplasms also can have necrosis or cavitation. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have lymphadenopathy on chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have lymphadenopathy on chest x-ray?

Several causes: Lymphadenopathy can be due to both benign and malignant causes. Benign causes include sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and other disorders. Cancer or lymphoma can cause lymphadenopathy. This needs to be further evaluated by a physical examination, possibly a ct scan, and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray result is fibrotic tb lesion noted what is that means?

Chest X-ray result is fibrotic tb lesion noted what is that means?

Depends : Would need to hear the detailed report to be sure but this usually refers to evidence that someone had TB in the past and it has left a scar. If you were treated for TB then likely nothing more will need to be done. If you have never been treated, you may need to be treated for either active or latent TB. This decision would be based on your history and symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammatory process or tumor. ...Read more

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Pft done today. Doc said showed some restriction but didn't explain. And chest X-ray was fine. What does his mean?

Pft done today. Doc said showed some restriction but didn't explain. And chest X-ray was fine. What does his mean?

Overweight: This is most commonly found in patients who are overweight and weight reduction will likely be beneficial in such cases. ...Read more

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What does accentuated Bronchovascular Markings — central mediastinum — clear costophrenic sinsues means in chest X-ray report?

What does accentuated Bronchovascular Markings — central mediastinum — clear costophrenic sinsues means in chest X-ray report?

Many different thing: Those markings at the biotin of the chest often represent blood vessels. When they are larger or better seen they could be due to bronchitis or early pneumonia amount others. Depends on why you had the chest X-ray in the first place. And these markings can be prominent in those who smoke. So talk to your doctor and see if they are related to anything they were looking for ...Read more

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My Chest X-ray "there are very small bilateral either C7 cervical rib or mildly prominent transverse processes at C7." What does this mean?

My Chest X-ray "there are very small bilateral either C7 cervical rib or mildly prominent transverse processes at C7." What does this mean?

Usually coincidental: But if you have compression over the brachial plexus in the shoulder, causing neurogenic or vascular thoracic outlet syndrome, leading to arm pain, numbness, weakness, then a question of mechanical effect is relevant. Sometimes, surgical excision is the best solution for such an impact. ...Read more

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What does pulmonary scarring mean in a chest X-ray result?

What does pulmonary scarring mean in a chest X-ray result?

Sign of old issue: You may have had a pneumonia, inhalation injury, or other problem in the past. ...Read more

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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