6 Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnostic Tools

Diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is complicated. Symptoms can mirror those of other lung disorders like asthma, pulmonary hypertension or chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD). Because of this, six different diagnostic tools are needed for an accurate diagnosis of PF, according to the American Lung Association.

lung fibrosis in scleroderma.

1. Chest x-ray

Chest x-rays take a picture of the heart and lungs, which allows doctors to look for any shadows that may point to the presence of scar tissue.

Pulmonary fibrosis using novel x-ray imaging technique. Read more here.

2 comments

  1. I had to go thru several X-rays. Cat scans still got no help I complained for nine months straight my chest hurt bad I think due to my age I was taking seriously and I was also complaining about my chest after all the Maria of my back which also came back very badly, but this article is correct on all my cat scans it always had stuff on them but at the end of page it read the the images could also be mirroring pulmonary fibrosis or something else but no doctor paid attention to that it wasn’t until I was sent to back dr which I complained of my chest it was getting bad he sent me to pulmonologist which then ordered lung biobsys surgery it was painful, they came in and gave me the diagnosis, I already knew what it was because I had looked up the possible mirroring images on my cat scans, I took everything to my dr the one i consistently complained to once a month for 9 months, he looked at me like he was shocked the asked me if I’ve had problems with my chest l couldn’t believe it, I’m now 34 my surgery was in 2012

  2. Heather says:

    If you have albinism, there is a type called Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome that causes pulmonary fibrosis. If you have albinism, or even nystagmus, you’ll want to rule out HPS BEFORE undergoing a lung biopsy. HPS also causes bleeding problems that, day to day, can go unnoticed in some patients – but can easily become a big problem with lung biopsy. http://www.hpsnetwork.org

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