Why do I need an x-ray to see my pleural effusion?

A chest x-ray may help to determine the extent of the pleural effusion. Sometimes an effusion may become loculated, which mean it has become encased in a membrane or within certain areas surrounding the lung. A chest x-ray can help your doctor to determine if this has occurred. Additionally, a chest x-ray may also be able to pick up a lung cancer, or other lung diseases that may be causing the pleural effusion.

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