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Can pulmonary hypertension be diagnosed without a CT scan?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes

Pulmonary hypertension can be diagnosed with echocardiography or heart catheterization as well.
Each method supplies different types of additional information.

In brief: Yes

Pulmonary hypertension can be diagnosed with echocardiography or heart catheterization as well.
Each method supplies different types of additional information.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: CT scan

The conclusive diagnostic test for pah is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, exercise tolerance tests (six-minute walk tests) and nuclear scans (ventilation/perfusion scan), but these tests may be negativ.

In brief: CT scan

The conclusive diagnostic test for pah is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, exercise tolerance tests (six-minute walk tests) and nuclear scans (ventilation/perfusion scan), but these tests may be negativ.
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

Usually, pulmonary hypertension is screened with an echocardiogram.
Once this is abnormal, many tests are done including a right cardiac catheterization to make the diagnosis. A ct scan may be needed to look at the lung tissue and see if there is damage to the lung that can explain why someone has pulmonary hypertension.

In brief: Yes

Usually, pulmonary hypertension is screened with an echocardiogram.
Once this is abnormal, many tests are done including a right cardiac catheterization to make the diagnosis. A ct scan may be needed to look at the lung tissue and see if there is damage to the lung that can explain why someone has pulmonary hypertension.
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