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Old 10-20-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Small nodule found when lung xrayed

Hi. My 35 year old friend just had a lung xrayed, as she thought she might have pneumonia. Apparently the xray does not show signs of pneumonia. However, the xray did show some sort of nodule, which is, apparently, less than 1 mm.

My question it possible to even see something so small on an xray? From anything I've read, a nodule would have to be at least 1 cm to even be visible on a normal chest xray.

I'm really hoping it's possible to see something so tiny, but am now wondering if perhaps my friend is confused as to what the doctor said. Maybe he said 1 cm, rather than 1 mm.

Also, the doctor didn't appear concerned. If it truly is only 1 mm, is that really of no concern at all? and would something so small be a common finding on many people's xrays?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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Old 10-21-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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Re: Small nodule found when lung xrayed

Hi there. I would find it really hard to believe that a chest xray would pick up a nodule of 1mm that is tiny, very tiny. Now, perhaps if she had a CT it would show up. I had a chest xray for some shortness of breathe and it came back normal. One month later do to an anxiety attack I jad a CT with contrast.. as they wanted to rule out a PEM and instead found a 6mm nodule in my right lower lobe. So, I have a feeling she may be confused and it may infact be 1CM.. just my thoughts here.

Old 10-23-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Re: Small nodule found when lung xrayed

I agree......1 mm sounds way too small.

And Odd that they didn't see your 6mm nodule on the previous month's xray.

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