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Doctor insights on: X Rays Of Broken Ribs

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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 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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Can the cause of broken ribs be determined from x rays?

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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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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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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