Recent Chest X-Ray Results

What Causes Abnormal Chest X-Ray?

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.

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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:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal chest X-ray" as a symptom.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause.

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal chest X-ray.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
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)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate normal chest X-ray, recently-normalized chest X-rays, abnormal chest X-ray or history of abnormal chest X-rays, The Analyst™ will rule out issues such as:
Congestive Heart Failure

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.

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