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How to Diagnose Asbestosis
The diagnosis is made based on:
- Reliable history of exposure to asbestos
- Evidence of lung scarring and fibrosis which is based on a physical exam and/or additional tests
- Absence of other causes that may produce similar clinical pictures
Tests used in diagnosis of asbestosis:
- Chest X-ray-changes seen on the exam usually have a distinctive pattern
- CT scan -a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body. A high resolution CT is more sensitive that a plain x-ray in detecting abnormalities in individuals who were exposed to asbestos.
- Pulmonary function test-a test that measures how well the lungs take in and exhale air. The test can show if the lungs have reduced ability to function properly.
- Oximetry is a noninvasive means to assess oxygen status.
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