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What Are the Types of Radiology Used to Diagnose Mesothelioma?

There are several types of imaging tools doctors use as a part of the diagnostic process for mesothelioma, including X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and PET scans.

An X-ray is the most basic imaging option. While tumor growth may be visible on an X-ray, this type of scan is very limited.

CT scans are a beneficial and highly preferred tool in the diagnosis of mesothelioma. The images provide excellent detail of the tumor(s) and are useful in determining the stage of the cancer and whether it has spread.

An MRI scan proves to be very useful in locating tumors earlier than with CT scans or X-rays. An MRI is also helpful in staging as it effectively picks up on whether a tumor has begun to invade other nearby tissues or structures.

Finally, PET scans are widely used - often in combination with CT and MRI scans as they offer insight as to whether cancer has spread to lymph nodes, which is critical to accurate staging and identification of proper treatment options.

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