Abnormal chest X-ray can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose abnormal chest X-ray, we could:
Chest X-ray. If you have had one within the past year, what was the result? If abnormal, please add a note detailing any heart, lung, bone or tissue abnormalities that were found.
Possible responses:→ I have not had one (recently) / don't know
→ Normal, and I have never had an abnormal one
→ Normal, but I have had previous abnormal one(s)
→ It was my first abnormal one
→ Abnormal, and I have had previous abnormal one(s)
A chest X-ray of a patient with congestive heart failure may show an enlarged heart and/or fluid buildup in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
A chest X-ray may show changes caused by emphysema, including significant lung enlargement, scarring and hole formation.
A chest X-ray is nearly always taken to confirm or rule out a pneumonia diagnosis.