Skip to Content
Your doctor will probably do a chest
X-ray if he or she suspects you have
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
A chest X-ray provides a picture of the heart and lungs. Although
COPD cannot be diagnosed with a chest X-ray alone, it can help your doctor evaluate shortness of breath, help support a diagnosis of COPD,
and detect advanced
A chest X-ray is done at the time of initial diagnosis
of COPD. Although routine follow-up chest X-rays are not usually done, many doctors advise smokers and recent ex-smokers to have this test every 1 to
Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is
severe. In this case, the X-ray may show:
A normal chest X-ray does not mean you do not have COPD. It may be
most useful for ruling out other conditions that might be causing your
breathing problems, such as
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKen Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2015 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)