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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What could be the reason for pulmonary fibrosis in an elderly?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 74-year-old male with a weight of 142 pounds and a height of 5 feet 10 inches. I take no medications except Ativan. I take vitamins. I am a non-smoker, worked in the auto body shop for two years painting cars, quit grain farming at the age of 44, minimal exposure to asbestos. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Single chest X-ray cannot diagnose lung fibrosis and further tests are required to rule out other causes. As you said, the chest X-ray was normal before a few months and now shows scattered fibrosis. It is advised to repeat the X-ray after a few days. Once the X-ray ...  Read Full »

I am worried about if my chest X-ray has any nodules of concern. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion regarding my chest x-ray. The chest x-ray showed no masses, nodules or pneumonia. I just have a very mild inflammation and an old rib injury. The doctor told me that I had heart deformities, but I already knew about those.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your x-ray reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There appears to be a mild prominence of the bronchovascular markings in both the lungs, more so in the lower lobes. This is not a serious problem and sometimes can occur without any acc...  Read Full »

What is the likely cause of my fever based on my reports?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 60-year-old female. I have had a fever of around 102 degrees Fahrenheit for four days. The fever tends to reduce when I take Dolo 650, but the fever increases after some time. I had vomited three to four times for the first two days, but no vomiting in the last 48 hours. We tested f...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I went through your post and investigations. The most common cause of fever in decreasing order at 60 years of age is urinary tract infection, viral fever, pneumonia, and gastroenterit...  Read Full »

Is it possible to treat wheezing with routine management?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 9 year old and developed the problem of wheezing when he was 3 years old. My father is asthmatic and I had wheezing when I was a kid (2-3 years of age). We were residing in an area where the industrial pollution is very high and he used to get wheezing more frequently the...  Read Full »

Dr. Parmar Parin Niranjanbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I am replying to your main 3 questions as follows:1. Routine management of wheezing: In my opinion, inhaled levosalbutamol (Levolin) is good for asthmatic wheezing. You can give it by nebulization or by inhalers (MDI - Metered Dose Inhaler) with spacer a...  Read Full »

Is the one-millimeter lung nodule detected on my scan something serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pelvic lymphadenopathy. My third scan and biopsy reports do not detect any growth or cancer. However, a one-millimeter lung nodule was detected. My doctor has suggested it is an infection. For your reference, I am attaching my pelvic CT scan report showing the lung nodule. Kindl...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The reports do not show any neoplastic lung nodules. However, tiny nodules can occur due to infections that resolve with time. So you need not worry about this...  Read Full »

I am scared that the swallowed supplement entered my lungs. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I swallowed 600 mg of NAC supplements three hours ago. It went down the wrong pipe, and I could not cough it back up. I had choking, which was scary, and my mother made me sit down and calm down and take sips of water. I did this, then tried burping and choking it up, and a tiny piece came...  Read Full »

Dr. Fazil Shajahan

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. According to your symptom, the supplement you took has entered the trachea causing severe discomfort. Usually, supplements in tablet form should disintegrate when it comes in contact with fluid unless it's a capsule which might take a little more ...  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my chest X-ray, which I took two days after thoracentesis?

Query: Hi doctor, I took chest X-ray two days after thoracentesis. I have attached for your reference. Chest X-ray shows possible air and/or fluid in the left pleura. Is there any visible damage to the left pleura? Is there any air or fluid there, and how much is the percentage of lung volume? If air or fl...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed the X-ray of chest PA (posteroanterior) and lateral views. The following are the findings. First, there is a hydropneumothorax, which means fluid and air are present in the left pleural cavity. And the pneumothorax component is t...  Read Full »

My heart appears large on my X-ray. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I went to a chiropractor for lower back pain, and they took X-rays. They told me that my heart looked large. Therefore, I wanted to get a professional radiologist's opinion on it. I am not an athlete, and my health is average.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hi, Welcome to On examining your X-ray (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), I find that the heart shadow is “apparently large” but actually not large. This is a very common aspect of the chest X-ray where the heart shadow “appears large” whenever the perso...  Read Full »

Does a headache, nose block, and ear block indicate sinus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a cold for just over a week. I have woken up this morning with a headache that throbs with each movement. I blew my nose to find blood in it, and my ear feels all blocked. Could this mean my sinuses are infected? And is it worth seeing a doctor? Or will they not give me anythin...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having upper respiratory tract infection, that might be in the form of sinusitis, bronchitis, or rhinitis. I suggest you get the following tests done: Auscultation. CBC (complete blood count). Nose and ear examination by rhinoscopy and otoscopy. You will be given...  Read Full »

I have a high Hb value; can I donate blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 years old. I went to donate blood today. But, the hospital rejected me as my Hb value is 16.9. Is this level abnormally high? Do I need to get any tests done?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your hemoglobin value is high and needs to be investigated. Let me know if your hematocrit values were checked. If it is high as well, the condition is polycythemia. The cause for polycythemia may be secondary to chronic hypoxia due to a chronic heart failure...  Read Full »

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