Jul 9 2008, 12:55 PM
I was doing some research on the net on swollen neck lymphnodes and symptoms of lymphoma and lung cancer. At the Mayo Clinic's website they show an X-ray that shows a tumor growing in the lung. Last July my grandmother fell in the garage while we were painting and I rushed her over to the ER. They diagnosed her with a broken rib, but never said that there was anything else there...if there had been something there, you would have thought they would have seen it and let us know, right? Is it possible for tumors in both lungs and in the chest to not show up on an X-ray and only on a CAT scan? When we went to the clinic last Thursday, they did an X-ray and it ws only a P.A. that saw her, and the Radiologist was at lunch, so only the P.A. looked at the X-ray.
Jul 9 2008, 09:15 PM
Valerie...IMO...the PA might have looked at the xray right then and given an interpretation , but any hospital I have ever worked in or have known about...there is always a radiologist who reads an xray and dictates a formal report. You might call the medical records department and ask for the actual report of the xray. I don't do xray, but a lot of times, some soft tissue things are not going to be seen clearly with just an xray. That is why scans and MRI's and other more precise testing is done. Hope this is helpful. Also be very careful in doing research on the web, and stick to reliable sites like Mayo, not blogs or talk boards. There can be some really bad information out there. Kay
Jul 9 2008, 09:56 PM
I was using a website called Wrong Diagnosis and also the Mayo Clinic's site, but the Wrong Diagnosis site has a lot more symptoms listed. She also has nausea, she has a low-grade fever, and is excessively hot all the time anymore...now this is a lady who used to always be cold, and now she can't get cool enough.