Diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is complicated because symptoms may mirror those of other lung disorders such as 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.
1. Chest X-ray
Chest x-rays take a picture of the structure of the heart and lungs, which allows doctors to look for any shadows that may point to the presence of scar tissue.