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Can chest xrays see pulmonary hypertension? what about ct of chest? or stress tests on treadmill

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Dr. Ben Eggleston
Radiology 19 years experience
Yes: Pulmonary hypertension causes enlargement of the pulmonary arteries, which can be seen by xray, but better seen by ct. However, pulmonary arteries can be enlarged without hypertension.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
No: There are clues on cxr and chest ct, but the real way to diagnose it non-invasively is with echocardiography. The definitive way is by heart catheterization.

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Last updated Sep 13, 2013

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