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What are abnormalities can they find in a CT scan of chest?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Many

The scan can find blood clots (pulmonary embolism), enlarged lymph nodes, fluid between the chest wall the the lung (pleural effusion), lung nodules, fluid between the heart and its enclosing sack (pericardial effusion), sometimes abnormalities of the esophagus (the swallowing tube) and liver and lastly hernias of the diaphragm. This is not all inclusive but covers most of the common abnormalities.

In brief: Many

The scan can find blood clots (pulmonary embolism), enlarged lymph nodes, fluid between the chest wall the the lung (pleural effusion), lung nodules, fluid between the heart and its enclosing sack (pericardial effusion), sometimes abnormalities of the esophagus (the swallowing tube) and liver and lastly hernias of the diaphragm. This is not all inclusive but covers most of the common abnormalities.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Screening CT's for

Lung cancer are now approved in patients between 55 & 74, smoking history of 30+ pack years.
Jama (2012) 307:doi 10.1001. One should order a ct looking for something. False positives lead to expensive and unecessary tests. Screens find 10x more false positives than cancer. Wonderful tools that can be overused and abused.

In brief: Screening CT's for

Lung cancer are now approved in patients between 55 & 74, smoking history of 30+ pack years.
Jama (2012) 307:doi 10.1001. One should order a ct looking for something. False positives lead to expensive and unecessary tests. Screens find 10x more false positives than cancer. Wonderful tools that can be overused and abused.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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