Mom had an xray done by the pulmonologist that identified her 2cm spiculated mass 11 years ago and wanted it out then...of course he needed to remind her of that as we presented the surgical pathology report. He said her post surgical xray looked "fabulous" no fluid etc...and that her lungs sound excellent. I asked him if he saw the tumor (surgeon said he never took it out) doctor said "no you wouldn't see that on the xray...remember it was on the bottom of the lobe"
This confused me. My moms 4cm opacity was first identified from a pre surgical x-ray. Was there something miscommunicated? I'm pretty sure xrays show tumors, I just think I missed something in how they are best seen post surgery.
* Also interesting is that he said "we know this is not aggressive" (I'm glad he knows that ) and he also said that my moms age makes all of the pathology: mucinous..tumor type... etc different and not applicable.
Then he said ...I'm not sure what will be moms ultimate demise, but Im pretty sure it wont be this, nor will it interfere with her quality of life...I did add that the surgeon used the word diffuse...and he said...I dont see any of that on this pathology report or in her history....
The only thing that correlates his input making me somewhat calm is that he did do a bronchoscopy on her...albeit 11 years ago...
Anyway I digress..I really just wanted to understand what the purpose of surgical follow up xrays are, why they are important and what are they able to show of importance.