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Could pulmonary hypertension be diagnosed/ruled out through a CT scan?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Pulmonary HTN

The best and most accurate way to diagnose pulmonary is with a right heart catheterization.
An echocardiogram can suggest it, but multiple studies have recently been published citing the inaccuracy of echocardiograms in diagnosing pulmonary hypertension. Ct scans can show enlarged pulmonary arteries that could suggest, but in no way diagnose it.

In brief: Pulmonary HTN

The best and most accurate way to diagnose pulmonary is with a right heart catheterization.
An echocardiogram can suggest it, but multiple studies have recently been published citing the inaccuracy of echocardiograms in diagnosing pulmonary hypertension. Ct scans can show enlarged pulmonary arteries that could suggest, but in no way diagnose it.
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: PH Diagnosis

The conclusive diagnostic test for pulmonary hypertension (ph) is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressure and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported but not confirmed by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays or ct scans, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, and exercise tolerance tests.

In brief: PH Diagnosis

The conclusive diagnostic test for pulmonary hypertension (ph) is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressure and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported but not confirmed by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays or ct scans, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, and exercise tolerance tests.
Dr. Charles Burger
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: No

You need a right cardiac catheterization to completely rule it in or out.
An echocardiogram should be the first step though.

In brief: No

You need a right cardiac catheterization to completely rule it in or out.
An echocardiogram should be the first step though.
Dr. Fernando Torres
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