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Do you recommend a yearly chest x-ray? How often should a person get a chest x-ray? Is this something I should do yearly as part of a physical?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Depends on health

If have some disease that requires follow up then repeat radiographs may be reasonable.
Usually yearly chest xrays are supposed to exclude lung cancer. Recent studies have shown that yearly xrays do not decrease chance of death from lung cancer vs. not having yearly exams. Many physicians do chest xrays during yearly physicals. If normal patient reassured.

In brief: Depends on health

If have some disease that requires follow up then repeat radiographs may be reasonable.
Usually yearly chest xrays are supposed to exclude lung cancer. Recent studies have shown that yearly xrays do not decrease chance of death from lung cancer vs. not having yearly exams. Many physicians do chest xrays during yearly physicals. If normal patient reassured.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: The annual chest

X-ray is a dinosaur. There was no benefit derived, and did not alter prognosis or population mortality.
There is evidence for the use of ct-scans, but only in current and former smokers over 55 years. The best preventitive is to never smoke, and if you do, quit asap.

In brief: The annual chest

X-ray is a dinosaur. There was no benefit derived, and did not alter prognosis or population mortality.
There is evidence for the use of ct-scans, but only in current and former smokers over 55 years. The best preventitive is to never smoke, and if you do, quit asap.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Currently

Currently there is no recommendation for getting a routine chest x-ray (cxr) for individuals without any respiratory symptoms or as part of their routine annual physical.
Even for people who are at high risk of developing lung cancer such as chronic smokers, getting an annual cxr is not recommended. This is because all of the evidence from studies to date suggests that getting a routine cxr does not detect lung cancer early enough to have an impact upon survival after a diagnosis of lung cancer. In fact, routine cxr screening leads to an excessive amount of.

In brief: Currently

Currently there is no recommendation for getting a routine chest x-ray (cxr) for individuals without any respiratory symptoms or as part of their routine annual physical.
Even for people who are at high risk of developing lung cancer such as chronic smokers, getting an annual cxr is not recommended. This is because all of the evidence from studies to date suggests that getting a routine cxr does not detect lung cancer early enough to have an impact upon survival after a diagnosis of lung cancer. In fact, routine cxr screening leads to an excessive amount of.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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