Wednesday, 7 February 2018

HOW IS PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA DIAGNOSED? 1

When diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, accurate history and the identification of at-risk occupations to ascertain previous asbestos exposure is the first essential step3 followed by a combination of tests:
Imaging tests10
Imaging tests are used to help establish whether a suspicious area might be cancerous and to learn how far the cancer may have spread. Imaging tests that may be used to diagnose pleural mesothelioma include:
 X-ray, the most simple and practical diagnostic method for pleural mesothelioma which can identify pleural thickening, pleural nodules or pleural effusion - although this alone cannot confirm a diagnosis due to the lack of specificity
 CT scan, most commonly used to help diagnose pleural mesothelioma as it can display the surface of the whole pleura, the diaphragm and the status of lymph nodes
 PET scan, used to show how the lungs and associated tissues are working in the body
 MRI scan, not frequently used to diagnose pleural mesothelioma but can provide additional information to ascertain if a patient is a candidate for surgery

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