Mesothelioma X-ray is a rare type cancer that is caused to human-being due to long hours of asbestos exposure. This rare type of cancer occurs in the membrane lining of lungs, heart or abdomen. The symptoms are variable but the chief symptoms are chest pain, difficulty in breathing, weight loss, shoulder pain, cough or swelling of the abdomen. Studies by experts prove that men are the victim to the disease more than women and people between the age group of 40 and 70 are sufferers of Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is prevalent among people who have been exposed to asbestos in the past. Generally the disease is not diagnosed immediately, it usually happens after 15-20 years to exposure. There are different types of Mesothelioma cancer:
Pleural Mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type. This type of disease affects the lungs’ protective lining in the chest. Most cases the symptom is persistent coughing and shortness of breath but at times there might be no symptoms at all. The life span of people experiencing such a disease is usually less than 18 months, while some may live even longer. This disease is caused due to inhaling of the asbestos fibres.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma: The second common type is Peritoneal This type of disease affects the abdominal cavity. In this area cancerous tumor starts to develop and it spreads quite fast. If diagnosed at stage four it is difficult to completely remove the cancer. This cancer type is also caused due to exposure to asbestos and inhalation of microscopic asbestos particles. Once diagnosed the life span of a person can be told by the specialists.
Pericardial Mesothelioma: this is the third and the rare kind of Mesothelioma This type of cancer affects the cardiac cavity. This type of cancer is the most challenging to treat because of where the tumors are located. The initial symptoms would be chest pain, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing. Treatment would be the same.
All oncologists begin to examine a patient suffering from the basic symptom by reviewing of the patient’s medical history. One of the major or initial steps to diagnose Mesothelioma is X-ray. Other ways would be CT Scans, MRIs, Biopsies, and PET Scans. These steps are usually performed by different type of medical experts and people facing the symptoms get them done within two or three months from the time they notice the symptoms.
Mesothelioma is the most basic type of imaging scan. Abnormalities or any damage in the body can be detected through X-ray which at times may not be of good use. The drawback of the scan is it only gives a picture of flat, two-dimensional images. When an X-ray is done, some electromagnetic radiation is sent to the body with a photographic film on the other side. As they pass through the body the way the rays behave will change, thus creating a representative image. X-rays can detect the abnormality in the pleura; doctors would be able to see a wispy white area that would indicate the growth of tumor. The shape of the lungs can also be detected on the radiography indicating the growth of tumors. This radiation do not cause any harm to the skin or we can say there are no side effects for it.
There are two major type of Mesothelioma as we know and one rare type of Mesothelioma.
X-ray of the chest detects any abnormality in the lungs, such as accumulation of fluid in the area that surrounds the lungs or distortion of the pleura.
Abdominal X-ray can also help doctors to detect the abnormality in the peritoneum, lining that surrounds the area. X-ray of the abdomen gives a picture of swelling or accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.
The third type of Mesothelioma cannot always be detected through X-rays. The diagnose of this type can be bit difficult compared to the other disorders.