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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsRespiratory Diseases · 1 decade ago

chest x-ray!?

hey guys just got back from having chest x-ray, the guy who done it told me he was not a doctor and it needs to be sent off to my doctors but i thought they are supposed to be trained and would notice something if didnt look right? i am told that if serious they would say that but he told me that nothing seems to be wrong so y he want me 2 go doctors in 10 days?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Radiographers, those that take the films are not trained in accurate diagnosis from the X-Rays they take, though they can pick up a lot by years of experience. They are not allowed to make a diagnosis or pass their interpretation on to the patient, among other things this is very much a medico-legal issue.

    Source(s): GP for more years than I care to remember
  • 1 decade ago

    The probable reason the radiologist didnt tell you the result is that it gets passed on to other people to examine as below.

    The people who do the xrays are called radiologists, which means they have been trained to use xray equipment, what happens, is that the radiologist takes the xray, checks that it is a clear image, then passes the xray to a doctor or doctors within the hospital, with knowledge of the particular area being xrayed.

    Obviously with radiologists taking so many xrays, they will get fairly good at beeing able to see obvious abnormalities, which they would comment on while passing the xrays to the doctor, within the hospital, some abnormalities are very hard to spot, but if the doctors are unsure, they will generally get second opinions, off other doctors within the hospital, before writting the Gp, with the results in this way, not many things get missed.

    The results are then sent by letter to your own gp, once the hospital team is happy that they have properly examined the xray, which usually takes about 10 days.

  • 1 decade ago

    The person taking the x rays is trained up to a point and probably has some idea of what to look for. The x-ray also needs to be examined by a specialist. Who will spot anything that the other guy missed and can explain to you what the results mean.

  • Tigger
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    1 decade ago

    The medical field tends to be rather specialized these days- and personally I think at times a lot gets lost because of it. The guy that took your X-Ray would be an X-ray tech. He's not really qualified to make a diagnosis as such, but one with good eyes will spot things that aren't quite the way they should be, such as one that spotted a tumor growing around my youngest nephew's spine after years of other doctors not seeing what was wrong.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the imaging is done by a radiology technician. they are not an md and cannot intrepret (read and give results of) films. in most cases, if there was something obviously abnormal with your films the tech would seek out the radiologist (md) to do an interpretation to see if more images were needed. in many facilities, all apparently 'normal' films are just read once or twice a day in batches. but generally, the radiologist will interpert the films and send the results to your doctor so they can go over them with you based on your physical exam and any other diagnostic work.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The person who did the x-ray will be able to notice anything obvious and major from the x-ray, but obviously your doctor is a lot more qualified in more areas so they will notice any small abnormalities in the x-ray which is why you have to go to be sure that there is nothing wrong.

  • 1 decade ago

    I work in an xray department even though the radiographer can read your xray to a certain degree they are told not to comment on your xray, a radiologist must report on your xray, it is usual practice to get your result from your doctor even when they find nothing they have to speak to you the doctor may want to do other tests and the results get sent back to your doctor as they refered you in the first place.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The actual doctor is not going to take the Xray, they are busy doing other stuff, but the guy that took them, has probally took them for so long, he knows what the doc looks for, and he is guessing that he hasnt spotted anything, but the doc will be the final look at your pics.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dont worry, you are fine!! i had a chest x-ray once and they said it would take ten days... and it took less than 10 minutes, they told me i had pneumonia. so, you are fine... the other doc just needs to confirm it but if they saw a shadow in your lung (what they are looking for) you would not have been allowed to leave the hospital without them telling you.

    Source(s): exerience
  • 1 decade ago

    An Xray Tech usually takes the Xray....legally they are not allowed to tell you anything. Radiologists read the xrays & then send the results to your Dr.

    Sometimes, depending on the office set-up, the Dr will read the xrays himself (my orthopedic surgeon gets the xrays immediately on his computer & can read them right away...technology is a wonderful thing! :-)

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