I am new here but am so angry and hurt that I have to vent and get some advice. I am an ex-smoker, quit a little over 3 years ago. Just a few weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to get a base-line x-ray. I am in good health, exercise, eat a fairly good diet, and in no way have any symptoms of any lung problems. Well, this doctor using only one set of x-rays and no other test whatsoever diagnosed me with having the very earliest stages of emphysema. His official diagonsis which went in to the insurance company says I have COPD and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)and he did not even run a blood test for this. He simply based the high cholesterol diagnosis on my statement that the last test I had done was high normal or borderline. Now it is on record that I have emphysema and high cholesterol and I may not have this at all. I did some research and found out that an x-ray by itself cannot diagnose emphysema. And absolutely no test was done for the high cholesterol. I am livid. I am seriously thinking about reporting him to the American Medical Association. I am wondering if I should call my insurance company and tell them what happened. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I would also like to add that I am not a person that is looking for something to sue over. In fact I am for reform of frivolous lawsuits. All I want is for this doctor to be reprimanded and the diagnoses to be removed.