The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Diagnostic tests


Common diagnostic procedures to identify mesothelioma are outlined in the Lung Investigation Booklet and include

  • CT scan
  • PET scan
  • Bronchoscopy  - this procedure involves passing examining the air passages in the lungs and will examines the airways. Biopsies are also usually taken 
  • Lung Biopsy - this procedure involves getting a very small piece of lung tissue by passing a needle through the skin into your chest and into the lung
  • Removal of pleural fluid  - if fluid builds up in the lining of the lung this will need to be removed to try to identify the cause. Sometimes large volumes of fluid can be removed and managed through various treatments. 
  • Lung Function test - this test assess the function of the lungs by using a specialised breathing machine
  • Exercise Test - this tests assess the heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Medical Thoracoscopy
  • Surgical Bronchoscopy  - this involves a general anaesthetic to allow the surgeon to examine the airways of the lung and to take a biopsy
  • Video Assisted Thorascopic (VATs) Lung Biopsy - this involves a general anaesthetic and allows the surgeon to take samples of the lung, or the lining of the lung.