How is asbestos-related disease diagnosed?
To diagnose asbestos-related disease, your healthcare provider will ask you about your symptoms and asbestos exposure. Your provider will then perform a physical exam, including:
- Lung (pulmonary) function tests.
- Chest X-ray to check for changes in the lungs from asbestos exposure.
- Lab tests to measure asbestos material in your body.
What other tests might I need?
Your provider may recommend further testing to see your lungs in more detail:
- CT scan.
- Bronchoscopy, passing a thin tube down your airway and into your lungs to get detailed images.
- Lung or pleural biopsy, taking a small sample of lung tissue to check for signs of disease.