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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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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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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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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 have had right back rib pain for seven weeks. I did not fall or injure myself. X-rays negative. What's up?

I have  had right back rib pain for seven weeks.  I did not fall or injure myself.  X-rays negative.  What's up?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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

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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