What Does Lung Infiltrates Looks Like in a Chest X Ray?

Q:
What does lung infiltrates looks like in a chest x ray?

A:
Lung infiltrates appear as lighter areas on an x-ray and represent areas where there is no air, inflammation or where the lungs have collapsed in on themselves. Normal lungs show up as dark areas on x-rays because the air inside them allows the x-rays to pass through. Parts that are more solid will block the passage of x-rays and show up as light areas or spots.

A doctor would probably arrange for follow-up x-rays and CT scans to be done to see if conditions have improved. A chest CT scan is more sensitive and shows more detail than a chest x-ray, so this may be the next test that is done if initial x-ray exams show the presence of infiltrates.

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