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Doctor insights on: X Ray Of Rib Views

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Why would they take a rib x-ray on expiration ?

Why would they take a rib x-ray on expiration ?

Pneumothorax: They are are also checking for a collapsed lung or pneumothorax. These are better visualized on a full expiration b/c the lung is deflated. ...Read more

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Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Yes: Coupled with medical history, one can possibly determine if this fracture pathological in nature or secondary to an injury. ...Read more

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Can an X-ray determine if ribs were broken by squeezing. ?

Can an X-ray determine if ribs were broken by squeezing. ?

Yes: An x ray of your ribs will determine if your ribs are broken or not. The x ray will not tell you why they were broken. ...Read more

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Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

No: If you are smoking, the smoke is invisible to X-rays. If you damage you lungs by smoking and get emphysema then it can often be seen. ...Read more

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Hi I had hit the side of my rib really hard last week and now it's swollen and hurts when I touch it should i get and x ray?

Hi I had hit the side of my rib really hard last week and now it's swollen and hurts when I touch it should i get and x ray?

Probably not: a non displaced or mildly displaced rib fracture without complication (pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion ) is not worth diagnosing. You will live with the same rib fracture pain for 6 weeks whether or not it is confirmed by radiography. Any worsening shortness of breath, go to the ED directly. That could indicate increase pneumothorax or bleeding into pleural space. ...Read more

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Can still have a crack rib and have it not show up on an x-ray?

Yes: Plain x-rays are very good at looking for fractures, however, a hairline, nondisplaced fracture could be missed on an x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a hard, fixed mass under left rib cage. No pain, doesn't show on x-ray...?

I have a hard, fixed mass under left rib cage. No pain, doesn't show on x-ray...?

Cont to follow: You need to continue to f/up with your DR concerning this. It is impossible to give you reassurance about this without an exam ...Read more

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Pain right side spine one inch below shoulder blade around to ribs for months. Back X-ray showed nothing. What could it be?

Thoracic pain: After excluding problems with your lungs (pneumonia), aorta, heart, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder etc. You would want to consider a herniated thoracic disc. Any of these problems could mimic your symptoms. The chronic nature of symptoms suggests, to me, that nerve pressure could be causing. Especially if worse bending/twisting. Easy to confirm with mri. Treatment usually nonsurgical. ...Read more

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