Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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Because mesothelioma disease is a rare kind of cancer and the symptoms of these disease is not unique, there are no reports of misdiagnosed so far. One of the most important part in diagnosing these cancer is to review the patient medical history record including any history of asbestos exposure.

After reviewing the patient medical history record, the doctor may suggest a complete physical examination that include X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).   

  • X-ray

Doctor will usually begin a chest x-ray examination to see if there is a pleural effusion that confined in either the left or the right side of the lung.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI scans generally used to determine what stage in which the cancer are, before the next treatment can be issued. MRI scans are more accurate than CT scans in evaluating expansion of the limp nodes which reside between the two lungs, as well as a vivid diaphragmatic coat, both play a significant role in determining surgical decision.

  • Computed Tomography (CT) 
Just like x-ray, CT scans are also used to determine pleural effusion, as well as possible chest wall invasion or pleural thickening.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
PET imaging is a procedure that resulting powerful images of the body biological functions. PET scans are the most important part in diagnosing and evaluating mesothelioma cancer, it is considered to be the most advance imaging method in determining the extent of cancer disease,  though it cost more than other type of imaging and does not cover in health insurance.