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If you have a large swollen lymph node above clavicle will it show up on chest x ray?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Xrays are not very good for looking at lymph nodes outside of the chest.
A ct (computerized tomography scan) has a much higher sensitivity for looking at lymph nodes inside and outside of your chest.

In brief: No

Xrays are not very good for looking at lymph nodes outside of the chest.
A ct (computerized tomography scan) has a much higher sensitivity for looking at lymph nodes inside and outside of your chest.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Leila Wing
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Sometimes x-rays can give a picture of soft tissue masses like lymph nodes, but usually they are not the best imaging option.

In brief: Maybe

Sometimes x-rays can give a picture of soft tissue masses like lymph nodes, but usually they are not the best imaging option.
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Wing
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Soft tissue problems do not show up on plain xrays.
You need advanced imaging techniques to find soft tissue abnormalities, like ultrasound, ct or mri.

In brief: No

Soft tissue problems do not show up on plain xrays.
You need advanced imaging techniques to find soft tissue abnormalities, like ultrasound, ct or mri.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Not always

Not always unless very large.
is lymph node able to be visualized. Ultrasound and CT examinations are more sensitive for this area of chest.

In brief: Not always

Not always unless very large.
is lymph node able to be visualized. Ultrasound and CT examinations are more sensitive for this area of chest.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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In brief: Not likely

Chest xray will not show one soft tissue structure from another unless it contains calcifications or displaces other structures or normal chest soft tissue contours and density.
Such a ln would be more visible on ct or mri. Physicial exam is very important in the evaluation of a lymph node and correlation with you history, physical exam and laboratory data.

In brief: Not likely

Chest xray will not show one soft tissue structure from another unless it contains calcifications or displaces other structures or normal chest soft tissue contours and density.
Such a ln would be more visible on ct or mri. Physicial exam is very important in the evaluation of a lymph node and correlation with you history, physical exam and laboratory data.
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
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Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology

In brief: No

Very unlikely, they are usually not large or dense enough.

In brief: No

Very unlikely, they are usually not large or dense enough.
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
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