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lung nodule-CAT scan necessary?

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Old 06-02-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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lung nodule-CAT scan necessary?

A routine chest x-ray back in February showed a very small nodule on my right lung. The radiologist recommended a CAT scan but I've had several due to hysterectomy and didn't want another. My internist agreed and said that in many cases they (radiologists) are just covering their bases and that the scans are NOT good for you. He said to come back in 3 months for a repeat x-ray. I did so and the nodule is still there and no larger. This time he agreed with the radiologist and suggested that I go ahead with the scan since it is still there. He said that the nodule was too small to even biopsy. I have had some breast issues in the past (non-malignant) but have had my share of mammograms and really don't want the additional radiation exposure for something that is probably a benign condition BUT how do you really know? I am a non-smoker but HAVE smoked probably a total of a few packs in my earlier life (I'm 62). Anyone have any recommendations?

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