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I feel short of breath a lot but my doctor says my chest X-ray is clear. does this mean that my lungs are ok?
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Dr. Jacob Mirman
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Chest x-ray can diagnose some lung conditions, but not others.
Much more information is needed to even start answering this question. Age? Industrial exposures? Emotional issues? Findings on physical exam?.. More tests may be necessary, such as pulmonary function studies, and others. The diagnosis for this complaint can range from asthma to pulmonary fibrosis (unusual) to anxiety (most common).

In brief: No
Chest x-ray can diagnose some lung conditions, but not others.
Much more information is needed to even start answering this question. Age? Industrial exposures? Emotional issues? Findings on physical exam?.. More tests may be necessary, such as pulmonary function studies, and others. The diagnosis for this complaint can range from asthma to pulmonary fibrosis (unusual) to anxiety (most common).
Dr. Jacob Mirman
Dr. Jacob Mirman
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A chest xray can be "clear" even when there are significant lung problems.
In some cases, a ct chest may discover abnormalities that a chest xray did not. Your doctor can help determine this.

In brief: No
A chest xray can be "clear" even when there are significant lung problems.
In some cases, a ct chest may discover abnormalities that a chest xray did not. Your doctor can help determine this.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Dr. Pierre Semrani
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Shortness of breath can be from the "lungs" or from the "heart": a chest xray by itself does not rule out all the causes; more information is needed.
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In brief: No
Shortness of breath can be from the "lungs" or from the "heart": a chest xray by itself does not rule out all the causes; more information is needed.
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Dr. Pierre Semrani
Dr. Pierre Semrani
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Some unusual problems can cause dyspnea with a normal x-ray.
Chronic pulmonary embolisms can do it, and pulmonary fibrosis in the early stage can look fairly normal on the x-ray. COPD also in the early stages can be there with a normal x-ray. You may need to see a pulmonary specialist to have additional testing to find out if your lungs are ok.

In brief: No
Some unusual problems can cause dyspnea with a normal x-ray.
Chronic pulmonary embolisms can do it, and pulmonary fibrosis in the early stage can look fairly normal on the x-ray. COPD also in the early stages can be there with a normal x-ray. You may need to see a pulmonary specialist to have additional testing to find out if your lungs are ok.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A chest xray might not pick up the early stages of copd, so might be normal with symptomatic disease.
A pulmonary function test would be a better option for you.

In brief: No
A chest xray might not pick up the early stages of copd, so might be normal with symptomatic disease.
A pulmonary function test would be a better option for you.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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