A computerized tomography scan – more commonly known as a “CT
Scan” – is one way to diagnose mesothelioma. A CT scan is
a type of x-ray imaging device that allows your doctor to see your internal
organs in extensive detail.
Traditional X-Rays vs. CT Scans
Conventional x-rays often don’t show enough detail to confirm a mesothelioma
diagnosis, so some doctors will recommend a CT scan. While conventional x-ray machines
only focus on one area of your body, a CT scan allows your physician to
view all your internal organs. With a CT scan, the patient is placed inside
a cylindrical machine that rotates and produces cross-sectional images
of your insides.
When do doctors recommend CT scans?
Doctors often recommend CT scans to confirm a diagnosis or if they believe
you might have a serious condition. For example, it is common for doctors
to prescribe CT scanning when:
- A patient is thought to have a muscle or bone disorder
- The physician needs to determine where a tumor is located
- Physicians need to monitor and keep a close eye on the spread of cancer
- A patient has an internal injury / bleeding
How MRIs Differ from CT Scans
MRIs can accomplish a similar function as CT scans, but certain people
cannot undergo an MRI, including:
- Patients who have pacemakers
- Patients who have an internal cardioverter defibrillator
MRIs, similar to ultrasounds, do not use
radiation so some physicians opt for MRIs over CT scans if a patient is pregnant.
Are you experiencing any mesothelioma
symptoms? Were you exposed to the cancer-causing fiber asbestos? Contact your doctor
to discuss some options for diagnostic imaging, such as a CT scan.
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