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'chest X ray shows ill defined irregular areas of opacification',

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'chest X ray shows ill defined irregular areas of opacification', what does that mean ?
Is that cancer ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. We can continue after this if you'd like but this sounds like either areas of atelectasis--collapsed air sacs--or perhaps areas of infiltration--fluid--which could indicate bronchitis or perhaps pneumonia. Lung cancer doesn't present like this.
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. DavidI am a cancer doctor. we can't see your chest xray. but ill defined areas of opacifications could be lung cancer and needs further testing. you need to at least repeat your chest xray in 3-4 weeks to make sure the opacification has gone away. if it hasn't gone away, you need a chest CT Scan which is much more detailed to look in the lungs. chest xrays are technology from 1940s and are 2 dimential images. so often times what is causing the opacification can not be characterized properlychest CT scan is much more detailed 3 dimentional images of the lungsdo you have a history of smoking?

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