My husband aged 68yrs recently had a routine chest xray this has shown ’a dense opacity 1 cm in width over the right rib posterolaterally’ and it has been suggested that a repeat xray is done using nipple markers, the xray also showed ‘a dense shadow in the midline in the lower dorsal region possibly a a hiatus hernia’ and suggested a further lateral chest xray. What is a dense opacity indicative of and what does this mean? He has no symptoms, i.e shortness of breath, weight loss, cough etc. He has never smoked
This is Dr. David
this is why I don't like chest xrays
chest xrays technology started in the 1930s and 1940s.
we don't use anything that old today.
a chest CT scan can give much better 3 dimensional detail of the body.
that shadow could be a bone spur or scar tissue in the lungs
or even the nipple itself.
that is why the doctors need to put a nipple marker on the next xray.
but should just get a chest CT scan to have a better look in his lungs.
chest CT scans are much more detailed and 3 dimentional images.
chest xrays are crude 2 dimensional images of the chest.
From the scant information I have provided what is the liklihood of cancer?
chance of cancer would be very low.
Phew, thanks, ***** ***** to see the Dr today and will talk to him about the CT scan
good luck to you and him
let me know if you have other questions
Thank you I will
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