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Why would my doctor send me for a chest X-ray after getting an abnormal flow from a spyrometry test wouldn't a c t scan be more appropriate?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Depends on finding

Chest xray involves less irradiation.
An obvious abnormality such as large area of atelectasis or large area of airtrapping might show up without the need for CT. If chest xray is normal or equivocal physician might order CT if underlying cause related to diseases not entirely recognizable on ordinary chest radiograph. Subtle air trapping and minor atelectasis could be recognized

In brief: Depends on finding

Chest xray involves less irradiation.
An obvious abnormality such as large area of atelectasis or large area of airtrapping might show up without the need for CT. If chest xray is normal or equivocal physician might order CT if underlying cause related to diseases not entirely recognizable on ordinary chest radiograph. Subtle air trapping and minor atelectasis could be recognized
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not necessarily.

Sometimes the xr and a good history is all that is important.

In brief: Not necessarily.

Sometimes the xr and a good history is all that is important.
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