What are X-rays of the Lung?
Lung X-rays are a common imaging test that uses small amounts of high-energy electromagnetic radiation to produce images for doctors to view the inside of the body. The level of exposure is considered safe for adults. It is not considered safe for a developing fetus so it is very important that a pregnant patient informs a physician of their pregnancy before having an X-ray taken.
Lung X-rays pass through skin and soft tissue mostly, but do not pass through bone or metal easily. As different tissues in the body absorb different amounts of radiation, the images will show different shades of black and white.
One of the most common uses of a lung or chest X-ray is to check for broken bones or tears in the lungs after an accident, but they are also used under many other circumstances.
Lung X-rays are used to identify, diagnose, and treat many types of medical conditions. It is a key element and often times the first to be done in the diagnosis process.
A lung X-ray can be a safe and painless test that takes pictures of a person's chest, specifically targeting the lungs.
Reasons for a Lung X-Ray:
Lung X-rays are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an X-ray to check for certain cancers in different parts of the lungs or chest by detecting abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.
A lung X-ray is used to view the area of the body where a patient is experiencing pain, swelling, or other abnormalities that require an internal view of the organs. The X-ray can help a physician find a cause for the problems occurring.
Lung X-rays can be used to diagnose a disease, monitor the progression of the disease, determine a treatment plan, and see the effect of a treatment plan.
Physicians use lung X-rays to locate foreign objects within the body and to guide them in setting broken bones.
A Lung X-Ray may help diagnose (find):
X-rays of the lungs and chest can diagnose conditions affecting the lungs, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, emphysema, or lung cancer.
A lung X-ray can be used to help diagnose symptoms such as a fever, shortness of breath, a persistent cough, or chest pain.
An X-ray of the lung can detect breast tumors and diagnose breast cancer.
A lung X-ray can help detect an enlarged heart, a sign of congestive heart failure.
lung X-rays can show blocked blood vessels.