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How can a chest X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan help diagnose emphysema?

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If you have advanced emphysema, your lungs will look much larger than they should be in an X-ray.

A CT scan of your chest will show if the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs have been destroyed. These make it hard for you to breathe out like normal.

From: How Do Doctors Diagnose Emphysema? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Thoracic Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD."

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Thoracic Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD."

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

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