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What tests are used to diagnose benign lung tumors and nodules?

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  • You could have one or more of these tests: Blood tests
  • Tuberculin skin test to check for TB
  • Positron emission tomography scan
  • Single-photo emission CT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (in rare cases)
  • Biopsy, tissue removal, and examination under a microscope to confirm whether the tumor is benign or cancerous

From: Lung Nodules and Benign Lung Tumors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: University of Rochester Medical Center: "Pulmonary Nodules." Medscape: "Can Malignant and Benign Pulmonary Nodules Be Differentiated With Diffusion-Weighted MRI?" MedlinePlus: "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." EMedicine from WebMD: "Benign Lung Tumors," "Hamartoma, Lung," and "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." MacMahon, H et al. "Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans: A Statement from the Fleischner Society," 2005; vol 237:pp 395–400. Radiology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 15, 2017

SOURCES: University of Rochester Medical Center: "Pulmonary Nodules." Medscape: "Can Malignant and Benign Pulmonary Nodules Be Differentiated With Diffusion-Weighted MRI?" MedlinePlus: "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." EMedicine from WebMD: "Benign Lung Tumors," "Hamartoma, Lung," and "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." MacMahon, H et al. "Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans: A Statement from the Fleischner Society," 2005; vol 237:pp 395–400. Radiology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 15, 2017

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