How Are X-Rays Used for Lung Disease?

by | Jul 13, 2018 | Blog, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD, Emphysema, Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis

For patients who think they may have a lung disease, an X-ray is often a doctor’s best tool to determine the condition of your lungs. While listening to your lungs may indicate that there is a shortness in breath or even a mucus build up within the lungs, your doctor can’t see what is causing the shortness of breath without being able to see inside of your lungs. Because of this, patients who suspect a lung condition are commonly required to get an X-ray of their lungs before a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis.

What to expect when you have your X-ray completed

X-rays are painless and typically quick. Depending on the facility where you are having your X-ray taken, you may be asked to sit or stand while a machine scans over your chest. This machine is able to take a picture of your lungs, as well as the rib cage surrounding your lungs, to help determine what is causing your symptoms. This test can show scar tissue in the lungs, as well as any punctures from the outside rib cage that could be leading to your shortness of breath.
Not only does an X-ray help your doctor to determine the cause of your lung symptoms, but it also helps to eliminate more serious potential causes of shortness of breath, such as a lung contusion.

What types of lung conditions does an X-ray test for?

Because an X-ray helps doctors to see inside of the lungs, it can be used to diagnose the following common lung conditions:

In some cases, an X-ray is used to measure the development of a condition. Chronic lung diseases like COPD often require a series of X-rays to measure the severity and progression of the disease over time.

Finding treatment for lung diseases

If you have received an X-ray and been diagnosed with a lung disease, there are treatment options available the may help reduce your symptoms and possibly even slow the progression of your condition. At the Lung Health Institute, our cellular restoration treatment helps to target and reduce inflammation in the lungs by using the body’s own cells. 85 percent of our patients* have reported an improvement in quality of life within three months of receiving treatment. To learn more, contact one of our dedicated Patient Coordinators today.

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