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How can a chest X-ray help with the diagnosis of asthma?

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While a chest X-ray is not an asthma test, it may be used to make sure nothing else is causing your asthma symptoms. An X-ray can diagnose a wide range of conditions, from bronchitis to a broken bone. Your doctor may take an X-ray to see the structures inside your chest, including the heart, lungs, and bones. By viewing your lungs, your doctor can see if asthma is likely to be causing your symptoms.

From: Asthma Diagnosis and Tests WebMD Medical Reference

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The Canadian Lung Association: "Signs and Symptoms of Asthma: Diagnosis."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "How Is Asthma Diagnosed?"

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Asthma: Diagnosing Asthma."

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma: Steps in testing and diagnosis.”

Medscape: “Asthma Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

SOURCES: 

The Canadian Lung Association: "Signs and Symptoms of Asthma: Diagnosis."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "How Is Asthma Diagnosed?"

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Asthma: Diagnosing Asthma."

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma: Steps in testing and diagnosis.”

Medscape: “Asthma Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

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