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Chest pain, breathing problem. Hetrogeneous opacities seen in lungs. What does it mean?

doctor a few days ago i have some pain in mychest on the right side and i am not able to breathe properly and when i approched to the docotr he gave me advised to go through the x ray but in my x ray report a bold line higlighted that the hetrogeneous opacities is seen in my lungs so can u please tell me about that .
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Hello Mr Yadav,

Heterogeneous = consisting of dissimilar areas or parts, not homogeneous
X-ray opacity = areas which does not allow passage of x-rays

Usually x-ray shows areas of white and dark regions. Bones appear mostly as white areas. Heart in the center of the x-ray is also white. Air in the lung is seen as dark regions. Over the heart area, the white appearance is featureless – homogeneous, of uniform nature.

In some diseases of the lungs, x-ray may show areas which are mixture of white and dark patches. Such areas are called heterogeneous or non-homogeneous areas or opacities. Such heterogeneous areas may be seen in bronchopneumonia, tuberculosis or bronchiectasis, in addition to other diseases.

I am sure your doctor would have prescribed medicines and hope you are on your way to recovery.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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