Mesothelioma Diagnosis

If you have a history of exposure to asbestos or you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma, it is imperative that you obtain a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. If you have a form of cancer as severe as mesothelioma, you should seek treatment from a qualified physician immediately.

First Steps of a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

When diagnosing mesothelioma, the first thing the doctor will consult your previous medical history. Once analyzed, the physician will then ask about your work history in order to ascertain if you have been exposed to any risk factors for developing mesothelioma. If it can be determined that you have been exposed to asbestos, the doctor will also attempt to ascertain how much you’ve been exposed to and for how long.

After analyzing your medical and work history, the doctor will perform a routine physical and order some blood work. During the physical, the doctor will check for the presence of fluid in your chest and abdomen.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, or any other risk for developing mesothelioma, you may want to go to doctor who has experience diagnosing or treating mesothelioma or to a clinic that treats mesothelioma.

Further Mesothelioma Diagnostic Tests

If the initial diagnostic tests do not determine a specific cause of your symptoms, an experienced physician will order more advanced, diagnostic tests. These tests may include imaging scans and biopsies.

Mesothelioma Imaging Scans

Imaging scans are very useful in diagnosing cancer, including mesothelioma. Each scan that you undergo will give the doctor valuable information.

The following list shows some of the scans a doctor may deem necessary:

  • X-ray. The x-ray is the most common type of scan performed. It is usually done first because it is quick and gives a good basic overview of your body. X-rays are especially useful for chest and lung disorders. An x-ray can help rule out pneumonia or bronchitis as a cause of respiratory problems. X-rays can also quickly determine if any fluid is present in your thoracic or abdominal cavities.
  • MRI. A magnetic resonance imaging scan uses a strong magnetic field along with radio transmissions which penetrate deep within the body. The transmissions relay information to the MRI computer to create an accurate, three-dimensional image of parts of the body.
  • CT Scan. A computer tomography scan can help doctors pinpoint the locations of any tumors that may be present. The CT scan can produce accurate cross-sectional images of your body’s internal structure.
  • PET Scan. The positron emission tomography scan uses small amounts of radioactive material which a doctor injects into a patient’s bloodstream before the scan takes place. PET scans are often used to complement CT scans to provide your physician with a more complete picture. If cancer is present, PET scans can also determine if any cancerous cells have spread to other locations of the body.

Mesothelioma Biopsies

If mesothelioma is suspected, the second advanced diagnostic test you will undergo may involve a biopsy. A biopsy is the physical and chemical examination of tissue or fluid removed from the body.

  • Needle Biopsy. A needle biopsy is a simple procedure where a doctor extracts fluid from the chest or abdomen with a syringe. The fluid is then tested for the presence of cancerous cells.
  • Surgical Biopsy. A surgical biopsy is the most conclusive diagnostic tool a doctor may use to determine the presence of mesothelioma. It is usually only performed if mesothelioma has already been detected by another diagnostic test. In a surgical biopsy, a piece of tissue is removed from the affected area for laboratory examination. The results will help determine the appropriate course of treatment.

It is crucial that you contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to assess your situation and prospective claim for compensation, and we encourage you to contact the offices of Goldberg & Osborne today. Simply call 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or fill out our online case form for your free, no obligation evaluation. We work at no cost until we win your case!


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