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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