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Radiology/x ray, lump on costal cartilage


Hi, Is it possible to not see a mass on the costal cartilage
Connecting to the sternum on plane x ray? I have this overgrowrh kind of Thing
On my rib next to sternum and my x Ray of thorax came back clear?
Thank you

Hi, Louise.

Cartilage doesn't show up on plain x-rays, so yes, it is possible not to see a cartilaginous mass in a regular x-ray. Your doctor will know how to proceed; which imaging test he needs to further diagnose your problem.

Hope this helps,


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Delia White


I am not qualified to interpret diagnostic imaging or to diagnose disease. Please consult a physician for that information. I am the photographer. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.


I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

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