Chest X- Ray

A radiograph using a small dose of ionizing radiation, to produce images of the lungs, heart, and the chest wall is called a chest X-ray. It is the most common imaging diagnostic test done. It helps to identify conditions like pneumonia, emphysema, and cancer.

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I have fever for the past two days, and it is not subsiding. What can be done about this?

Query: Hi doctor, I had gone to a wedding. After I came back, my head was burning, but I did not pay attention. But the next morning, it was 101 degrees celsius. I took Crocin and was fine for three hours, but my eyes were burning again, and I was feeling cold. So I went to sleep. Then when I got up, and i...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Since you have a persistent fever, I would suspect an infection in your case. I suggest taking urine routine microscopy and chest X-ray to be done. Apart from this, I suggest taking broad-spectrum antibioti...  Read Full »

If I stop smoking, can I live long?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a CT scan of the head, neck, and chest. My doctor told me that I have chronic sinus. I already knew these things and had sinus surgery. But, in the report, it was mentioned as mild emphysema. Can that get fixed if I stop smoking? I have been using Advair for years for asthma. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Emphysema is a non-reversible change in the lungs. But, yes, the further progression can be controlled by stopping smoking. Now, to know the extent of damage, I would advise you to go for a pulmonary function test (spirometry) that would help you to know the level of da...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest tests to be done for a cough, apart from a chest x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached an x-ray report of my one-year-old baby girl. The report says ill-defined haziness is seen in the right perihilar and para-cardiac regions - pneumonitis. What does this mean? She has cough for the last five days. My mom is suffering from active tuberculosis. So, an x-ray ...  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. See as you said, your mother is suffering from active TB (tuberculosis), TB in the child should also be ruled out first. It may be just pneumonia, but TB should be ruled out with some more investigations mentioned below. 1.Mantoux tes...  Read Full »

What is the reason for chest pain that exaggerates standing up from a lying position for the past four days?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44 year old female. From the last four days, I have a pain when I breathe in. It is felt just above my left breast, not exacerbated by lifting, but when I stand up from a lying or sitting position, it gets worse. I also have a slight ache in the left shoulder and on the top of m...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Let me tell you few important things about chest pain. Any chest pain which is increased by a movement is from the chest wall and not from the heart. A chest pain which is exaggerated by coughing, sneezing, and deep breathing is due to a prob...  Read Full »

My father has been suffering from a cough for the past month. Can it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My 62 year old father has a cough since one month. It is a nagging cough which started after a fever. It is mostly dry, except for a colorless mucus which comes out sometimes. His CBC, blood test and chest X-ray were done last month and all were normal. He is right now on mild antibiotic...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to know if he smokes cigarettes or used to smoke before, or if there is a history of tuberculosis. Secondly, does he have a history of asthma? I do not think it could be cancer. Just do a complete blood count, X-ray, and an ECG and review with yo...  Read Full »

Kindly review my chest x-ray and help me know if I have any abnormalities.

Query: Hello doctor,I did an x-ray for immigration purposes, and the panel of physicians said that my chest x-ray was abnormal. She has sent me my reports and asked me to follow up with another doctor. I wanted to know if the abnormality was a matter of concern or because of lifestyle issues.Regards.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As I can see, there is mention of bilateral apical pleural capping in the document shared by you (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It means there is a possible thickening of the covering of both lungs in the upper chest area. While this ...  Read Full »

Kindly interpret my chest x-ray and help me know if I can get my second dose of the COVID vaccine.

Query: Hello doctor, It would help if you interpret my chest x-ray and give your opinion on the results. And also, I wanted to know if I could get my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have recently done a chest x-ray as well as ECG (electrocardiogram), and you want to know the interpretation of both. According to the test report that is provided here, only ECG is a...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a yearly chest x-ray even after ten years of quitting smoking?

Query: Hi doctor, I was a chronic smoker, and I had quit smoking ten years ago. I used to smoke a pack for a day. My last chest x-ray was taken three years ago. But yearly chest x-ray is mandatory at my company's medical checkup. Do I need it now? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Hira Chaudhry

Answer: Hello,Welcome to x-rays are beneficial to check for suspected lung or heart disease, especially for people over the age of 50. I understand your concern is about radiation exposure. However, the benefits outweigh the risks. The amount of radiation that you are exposed to during che...  Read Full »

I suffer from a stuffy nose and fever. What is wrong with me?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been sick for over a month. It started with a sore throat, chest tightness and followed by bronchitis. Now I have stuffy nose and fever. I have taken bronchitis medications (Methylprednisolone, Amoxicillin and BREO inhaler). I have used a nebulizer with Albuterol. I am taking vit...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. You might be having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with superadded lower respiratory tract infection. In my opinion, you can taper and stop Methylprednisolone as it is a steroid and it further r...  Read Full »

Does smoking cigarettes cause shortness of breath and increased heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor,I suffered from bronchitis, four years ago. Since it got cured, I smoked cigarettes for two years and gradually stopped smoking. Recently, I have high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and I have shortness of breath. I started running 2 km daily. Why am I having all these symptoms?  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have a history of smoking, smoking-induced left ventricular hypertrophy, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary congestion, etc., can lead to such presentation. You need to do the following investigations: Auscultation. Chest x-ray. 2D echocardiography or...  Read Full »

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