Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral fiber. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can be similar to other illnesses. However, CT scans can provide an important tool for diagnosing mesothelioma.
CT scans are a type of imaging test that uses X-rays to create detailed images of the inside of the body. During the test, the patient lies on a table and a scanner rotates around them, creating a cross-sectional image of the body. These images can reveal any abnormalities in the lungs, heart, and abdomen.
CT scans are particularly useful for diagnosing mesothelioma because they can reveal the presence of tumors or other signs of cancer. CT scans can also look for signs of pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid in the lungs that can be a sign of mesothelioma. In addition, CT scans can be used to monitor the progression of the cancer and to assess the effectiveness of treatments.
CT scans are a noninvasive and relatively low-risk procedure, so they are a preferred method for diagnosing mesothelioma. While the scans can be uncomfortable at times, they are usually tolerated well and can be completed in a matter of minutes.
CT scans are a valuable tool for diagnosing mesothelioma. They can provide important information about the size and location of tumors, as well as the extent of the cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma, your doctor may recommend a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.