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What imaging tests are used to diagnose mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. Imaging tests can look at the inside of your body. Common ones used to diagnose mesothelioma include:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed Tomography. This scan uses multiple X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body.
  • Positron Emission tomography. PET scans uses an injection of a compound containing a radioactive atom to take pictures of your body. Cancer cells absorb large amounts of radioactive compound and show up brighter than normal tissue on the images.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI scans use radio waves and strong magnets to make detailed images of the body.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

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