How is a Diagnosis of Mesothelioma Done?
X-Rays done on the chest often show irregular thickening of the pleura, pleural calcifications (mineral deposits), lowering of the lung fissures (spaces between the lobes of the lungs), and fluid in the pleural space. These are due to asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma.
To determine the location, size, and extent of the cancer, imaging studies such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are conducted. The CT scan uses a rotating x-ray beam to create a series of pictures of the body from many angles. A computer combines these pictures to produce detailed cross-sectional images of a selected part of the body. MRI uses magnetic fields instead of x-rays to create images of selected areas of the body. A computer would then take out the detailed cross-sectional image.
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