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How accurate is a chest xray showing size of toddlers heart?

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How accurate is a chest xray showing size of toddlers heart? We had a followup xray to verify pnemonia had cleared. Pnemonia was gone, but results show enlarged heart.
JA: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: No history. She is a healthy active 21 month old.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No

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This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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It is not that accurate. Chest Xray is a 2 dimensional reading. Heart is a 3 dimensional structure. Hence it can look bigger on certain positions but not really a true measure.

An echocardiogram of the heart will provide accurate information.
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