My ct xray doesn't add up

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My ct xray doesn't add up

The Ct xray i have is marked " 6.7mm groundlass module" but  it looks like a mass as big as a golfball. This was an incidental finding and have to get this nodule checked out in a few months but it looks like amass and im concerned that the e.r radiologist didn't scrutinize it. 


I wish i can share the xray picture to get  a perspective about the C.T marking by the doctor. Maybe the mass is something to do with the software . I'm not allowed to share the image. 

JanineT Forum M...
Hi Tonytron,Welcome to Grace.

Hi Tonytron,

Welcome to Grace.  I'm sorry your are having this scare.  We couldn't comment on your scan anyway.   A 6mm mass is most likely an infection or benign mass. If it's infection you might not even know it and it should go away within 3 months. If it doesn't change then you can check it every 3, 6 months to make sure it doesn't change then every year or so.  There are no set standards on timing of scans for following a mass.

To get a better understanding your CT you might have a pulmonologist look at it and the pulmonologist can check with their radiologist if needed.


I hope you find that out goes away.

All best,



Jim C Forum Mod...
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Nodule vs. mass

Hi tonytron,


I'm sorry this CT finding is causing such concern, quite understandibly. This statement from the Cleveland Clinic may help:


"If the growth is 3 centimeters or less in diameter, it is commonly called a nodule. When a nodule forms in the lungs, it is called a pulmonary nodule. Any growth bigger than 3 centimeters in diameter is called a mass." - (the discussion of lung nodules on that page may also be helpful.


It is certainly reasonable to seek a clarification of the radiology report, as transcription errors do occur. One possibility is that the report should have stated "67mm", which is more in line with your observation of a golf ball-sized nodule (golf balls are about 42mm in diameter).


I hope this information helps and that further clarification will help put your mind at ease as much as possible.


Jim C Forum Moderator