Early, accurate diagnosis for people at risk for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to many common respiratory conditions. This disease is not common, but occurs relatively often among people in the Detroit area because of the city’s automobile manufacturing history. Asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma, was once commonly found in automotive brake materials, among other products such as insulation.
Our thoracic cancer team’s goal is to diagnose mesothelioma as early as possible to give you with the best chance of successful treatment.
How does Henry Ford diagnose mesothelioma?
We use advanced tools to diagnose mesothelioma. If we suspect the disease, we will order one or more of the following tests:
- Imaging tests: These tests take pictures of the inside of the body and may include a chest X-ray or CT (computed tomography) scan.
- Biopsy: If something in the lung looks suspicious, we may need to perform a biopsy, which is when we take a tissue sample for further testing. We offer minimally invasive biopsy methods that are quick and painless.