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Lung diseases

Suspicious infiltrates

05/15/2009

Question:

My x-ray result noted that i have a suspicious infiltrates in my left upper lung...The doctor suggested a picolordotic view. What does this mean?

Answer:

Regular chest X-ray involves a back to front view and a side view. The lungs are filled with air and they appear as dark shadows on a chest X-ray film. Anything denser than air will appear white on the film. Your chest X-ray shows that there are radio-opaque spots (densities) in the upper part of your left lung that should not be there. The apicolordotic (apical lordotic) view visualizes diseases at the top of the lung better than the standard view by taking the x-ray with the patient in a position that enhances the view of this part of the lung.

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Response by:

Jennifer  McCallister, MD Jennifer McCallister, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University