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Old 11-13-2015, 07:00 PM
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I had a chest film taken today on my lungs, , the direct frontal kind.
with your shoulders against the plate standing up.
The woman then said they needed to take another one as my lungs were too big.
I am 5 11 and weight 200.
was the second "shot" needed because:
1. she mis positioned me the first time
2. the hospitals image size was too small (too small of a machine)"
3. they always take 2, one portrait one landscape.

the second shot was a chest on the plate redo, not a side shot from your side with hands in the air
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Surgery soon?

You're fine.
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
I had a chest film taken today on my lungs, , the direct frontal kind.
with your shoulders against the plate standing up.
The woman then said they needed to take another one as my lungs were too big.
I am 5 11 and weight 200.
was the second "shot" needed because:
1. she mis positioned me the first time
2. the hospitals image size was too small (too small of a machine)"
3. they always take 2, one portrait one landscape.

the second shot was a chest on the plate redo, not a side shot from your side with hands in the air
And?????
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:04 AM
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normal process.
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Old 11-14-2015, 04:19 AM
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Probably just cut off a little of your lungs either too high or to low and had to redo it. Normal practice as everyone is built a little different and you can't really see what's inside until the picture is taken.
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Maybe saw something they didn't like and wanted a better look? Not sure why you are getting a chest x-ray as they aren't normally part of a well care visit, so my guess is they are looking for something. Better safe than sorry six months down the road when they find something that was slightly off screen.
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She missed part of your lungs since your overweight it's hard to position. There is always two opposing xrays taken. Front and side. The front one is the most common "retake" since the lungs are longest and widest in that position. Then she turns the film length wise for the side shot.
Usually a tech has to reshoot about 1 in 50 shots

There is only one size film used in all of chest xrays.

They're looking for fluid inside your bronchi.
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Most x rays are digital now. She could see that an some of the area of interest was missed... just moved the detector and imaged the area that was missed... no big deal..
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so better statement would have been " we missed the area" rather than "your lungs are too big" .

on somebody 6 ft 4 they must miss a lot, (I am 511 and 206 with clothes on and shoes) or the industry needs bigger screens
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
I had a chest film taken today on my lungs, , the direct frontal kind. with your shoulders against the plate standing up. The woman then said they needed to take another one as my lungs were too big. I am 5 11 and weight 200. was the second "shot" needed because: 1. she mis positioned me the first time 2. the hospitals image size was too small (too small of a machine)" 3. they always take 2, one portrait one landscape. the second shot was a chest on the plate redo, not a side shot from your side with hands in the air
Was there a point to this? Or are you just upset someone called your lungs big?
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Was there a point to this? Or are you just upset someone called your lungs big?

upset they took 2 takes then covered it up.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
upset they took 2 takes then covered it up.
They screwed up, prolly not going to kill you so why would she make a big deal? You cant take it back, but if you go lay on the beach in the sun today itll be a drop in the bucket compared to what youll get from solar and ground radiation on a daily basis

Human bodies are adapted to handling radiation since weve been on this earth surrounded by it for millions of years.

want to mess with your brain? look up Radiation Hormesis, where its said being exposed to radiation all the time at low levels may be beneficial.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_hormesis
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:54 AM
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Some of the X-ray machines now use anatomical programming (it's been around a while but some hospitals and smaller clinics are finally updating) it's been around a while and helps the tech shoot the X-ray to the correct technique by actually measuring the patient using sensors in the Bucky shield (plate you stand in front of) however it's not always accurate. Still sometime requires a re-take. Nothing to worry about, the dose is so small it's irrelavant.
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
upset they took 2 takes then covered it up.
Aww poor you!!

And what exactly do you consider "covering it up" to mean? She took two X-rays, she told you she took 2 X-rays. Had she taken a wider first shot maybe that would of be enough, or had your lungs been smaller maybe that would of been enough.
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by A_Frayed_Knot View Post
Was there a point to this? Or are you just upset someone called your lungs big?
more xray exposure than was necessary.

'its only one xray' says the doctor/tech in an offhand / dismissive manner . well technically its one more added to a lifetime total xray exposure of that lung, a total that they do not track.
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Well for the record, chest xrays are the lowest dose xray youll encounter. Even lower than an xray of your HAND


people assume that since chests are big and need a lot of xray but its the opposite. all that air in your lungs makes it swing in the opposite direction


And they don't "track" how many xrays you have because its all a wash. SO many variables go into your daily and lifetime dose. If your a smoker, punch yourself in the face because you just tripled the amount of radiation you will receive in your lifetime.

another fun fact, xrays are bad for you when you get a whole lot of dose in a short amount of time...like less than 8 hours. If they had to REPEAT a CAT or CT scan, now your talking about MAJOR doses at play....hundreds and hundreds of times the amount of a chest xray (plain film)
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Everyone is built differently, she probably clipped the lower angles of your lungs, some people have much longer lungs than others. New guidelines are out any anyone that smoked cigs within 15 years will need a chest ct. That is 800 times more radiation than a chest x ray. Think on that for a bit.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:28 AM
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Some places have protocol that no matter if you clip to lower apex of the lung they are required to take a vertical picture first. Then once you miss the bottom part you have to take a horizontal part to get the rest along with a lateral pic as well. Again this is protocol at a lot of places I have been at. You should not be concerned what so ever. While the radiation isn't the greatest thing for you, what little bit you received is not going to do anything either. If they did 2 CTs then that would be a slightly different story
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