Radiology/Lung Nodule

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Question
I was wondering if you tell me what these readings from my
MRI mean.I know there is a spot on my lung and they are
monitoring every 3 months so this will be my second MRI
next week.
This was my last reading:
Mild to moderate centrilobular bullous changes are noted,mainly involving upper lungs.
9.7mm small hazy nodular opacity is noted in the left lung base posteriorly.

Thanks for taking time out to read all these questions we all have.

Answer
Hello Debbie,

1 cm nodule is really non specific. We see numerous nodules daily in many patients and since we don't know which one is benign and which one is malignant, we need to follow them to see if they grow. If they grow at some significant rate then they are MORE likely to be malignant, ie cancerous.  Since the size of the nodule is close to 1 cm, it may be evaluated with PET which you are getting which will tell if the nodule is malignant or not and may preclude future follow ups.  However, usually pulmonary nodules are not follow with MRI but rather CT, so I think you are getting CT for it.  MRI is not a useful exam to evalute pulmonary nodules.

Hope this helps.

Michael K.

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Almost any kind of questions regarding any types of radiology exams, procedures, meaning of radiology reports etc...

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12 year experience in the field of radiology

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American Society of Neuroradiology, Senior Member Society of Pediatric Radiology, Active Member

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Radiology Seminars in pediatric neurology American Journal of Roentgenology American Journal of Neuroradiology

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Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology Additional Certificate of Qualification in Neuroradiology

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