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Can a chest x-ray show if I have heart disease?

In cardiac care, x-ray images of the chest help to check for certain heart and lung problems. For example, the x-ray outline of your heart and lungs can show heart enlargement or lung congestion. An x-ray image will not, however, show coronary artery disease.

Don't be surprised if you have more than one chest x-ray during the course of your treatment. Healthcare providers often use chest x-rays to check for complications after heart surgery. They may also use follow-up chest x-rays to check your heart's response to medication. Modern x-ray techniques use very low levels of radiation.

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