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My husband aged 68yrs recently had a routine chest xray this

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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

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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this is why I don't like chest xrays

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chest xrays technology started in the 1930s and 1940s.

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we don't use anything that old today.

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a chest CT scan can give much better 3 dimensional detail of the body.

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that shadow could be a bone spur or scar tissue in the lungs

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or even the nipple itself.

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that is why the doctors need to put a nipple marker on the next xray.

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but should just get a chest CT scan to have a better look in his lungs.

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chest CT scans are much more detailed and 3 dimentional images.

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chest xrays are crude 2 dimensional images of the chest.

JACUSTOMER-8tyrzvc0- :

From the scant information I have provided what is the liklihood of cancer?

Dr. David :

chance of cancer would be very low.

JACUSTOMER-8tyrzvc0- :

Phew, thanks, ***** ***** to see the Dr today and will talk to him about the CT scan

Dr. David :

good

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good luck to you and him

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let me know if you have other questions

JACUSTOMER-8tyrzvc0- :

Thank you I will

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if done for now, please leave positive feed back below.

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thanks.

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