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Density on my chest x-ray

01/23/2008

Question:

Recently a chest x-ray showed that I had pneumonia and was treated for it. The follow up x-ray showed the pneumonia was gone but the radiologist saw a density area still on my lung x-ray and recommend that I have a cat scan. What does this mean? What causes a density on the lung?

Answer:

A density is a spot on the lung.  It could be caused by a lot of different things, many of which are benign.  I do agree that chest CT is the next step.

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati