a reply to: CrapAsUsual
X-rays have an issue with soft tissue such as muscle,
and other non-bony structures like a liver or kidney.
It's really designed for dense, extremely fibrous
and/or bony structures. Depending upon the
sensitivity of the "reader" and the digital signal
processing power of the attached computer system,
it is likely an xray will pickup denser structures that
MIGHT be be more on the side of connective tissue
than any tumor.
The only way to be sure is a 3D CT scan
(technically it's a multi-slice x-ray) or an
MRI which picks up glucose uptake which
may be present in cancerous tissue.
Those two types of imaging are your best best
just in case you have a type of fibrosis in the
lungs (i.e. scar tissue buildup) or an advanced
inflammatory response in any tissue near or
in the lungs indicating something is up!
It could be anything from absolutely NOTHING
(you might even just be dehydrated!) all the
way to a bacterial or even fungal infection
in nearby tissue!
Don't take my ill-educated word for it!
A cheap CT or MRI scan can be around
$750 to $1500 depending on the
area you live, so get it checked out!
The MRI is better with finding soft tissue
disease and injury but it's around $2600
if you pay cash!
edit on 2016/11/2 by StargateSG7 because: sp