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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
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What can a chest X-ray diagnose besides broken ribs and lung tumors? My doctor wants to do a chest x-ray, but i don’t know why? My ribs don’t hurt and i’m not coughing. What could he be looking for?

What can a chest X-ray diagnose besides broken ribs and lung tumors? My doctor wants to do a chest x-ray, but i don’t know why? My ribs don’t hurt and i’m not coughing. What could he be looking for?

Many things: Many things can be seen on a chest xray - scars, infection, tumors, foreign bodies, size and shape of the heart, and much more. As to why your doctor is ordering one for you, you should ask him or her. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Benjamin Weisman
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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 the cause of broken ribs be determined from x rays?

No: A chest xray or dedicated rib xrays can identify rib fractures and determine (roughly) whether the fractures are new or old, but they cannot determine what caused the fractures. ...Read more

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Prior to x-rays how does a doctor suspect/examine that you may have a broken rib?

Prior to x-rays how does a doctor suspect/examine that you may have a broken rib?

Broken rib: Doctors can feel the movement of broken rib. Usually the site will be painful. However, not all broken ribs can be dignosed without x ray or ct scan. ...Read more

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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Need further work: With this, you'll need further work up. A chest ct scan will tell for sure, but the treatment migh be the same: time. It really depends on your situation and what's injured. ...Read more

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I hit my ribs on a tree while sleigh riding. I went for an X-ray and it wasn't broken. But now, it is swollen under my left breast muscle and i feel weak. What should I do?

I hit my ribs on a tree while sleigh riding. I went for an X-ray and it wasn't broken. But now, it is swollen under my left breast muscle and i feel weak. What should I do?

Chest wall injury: X-rays sometimes can miss rib fractures, however they usually do r/o lung injury or collapse. This type of injury typically takes weeks to heal since it is impossible to rest the chest wall muscles from a bruise. I would be applying local heat and taking otc pain meds. See your pcp if you continue not to improve. ...Read more

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