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Chest X-Ray

Had a chest X-ray as a follow-up to Thyroid Cancer and they said that looked OK but X-ray showed what looked like old scaring.  What does that mean?
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Old scarring is non-specific.  From a thyroid cancer standpoint, a non-contrasted chest CT could be performed to correlate the findings on CXR - the comment of "looks like scar" is not precise enough.  But this needs to be taken into context of your thyroid cancer risk -- ie, thyroglobulin levels and neck ultrasound primarily.  PET and I-123 are sometimes helpful as well.
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Probably some calcifications. I had those show up too, and they said they were likely leftovers from a bad bronchial infection or pneumonia.
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Why an x-ray for a followup?  That wouldn't show anything until it got quite large.  

Usually they use I-131 or I-123 for a thyroid cancer followup (unless you had anaplastic or medullary) or a PET scan.

Where was your scaring?
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