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Can a breathing treatment given before a chest x-ray hide lung cancer?

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Answered by

Dr. Vivek Chail

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At April 21, 2015
Reviewed AtFebruary 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 55 year old female. Can a breathing treatment given before a chest x-ray, hide lung cancer?

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read through your query. Please find my observations below.

Breathing treatments like nebulizers will not hide any suspected lung cancer when given before taking a chest x-ray. Chest x-ray is a basic investigation used to screen the lungs field and heart and usually done as a routine investigation. A routine chest x-ray usually picks up any nodules or mass in the lung fields that might represent lung cancer and is not affected by the patient taking nebulization therapy.

If there are strong reasons to suspect a lung cancer, then a CT scan chest is the best investigation and gives a complete detailed overview of the lungs. In conclusion, breathing treatment will not hide lung cancer when given before taking a chest x-ray.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you very much for your quick reply. I feel relaxed now.

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Welcome. Wish you good health. Take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vivek Chail
Dr. Vivek Chail

General Practitioner

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