It is not unusual to have an initial CT of the chest in addition to an x-ray. Part of it is due to personal preference of the oncologist, to benchmark all the little junk that lurks there, and part of it may be that they noticed small nodes or lesions on the x-ray which are often too small to characterize (usually less than 1 cm). Having small benign nodes or lesions is not unusual, either. Many people have harmless stuff but never know it. In our case, the doctors just want to keep an eye out for changes. Running a chest CT as well as the abdomen and pelvis does not any time to the scan. It's all done in a couple of passes.
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Diagnosis: 05Sept07 Right I/O: 13Sept07; Pure Seminoma; Surveillance only per NCCN: All Clear February2013 (Chest Xray, Markers); Next check August2013 (CT Scans, Markers)