Diseases Home > Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnosis
In diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis, your healthcare provider will check your medical history and perform a physical exam to look for any signs of the condition. A number of diagnostic tests may be recommended, including a chest x-ray, exercise testing, or a lung biopsy. Before your healthcare provider makes a pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis, he or she will also consider other diseases that may share similar symptoms.
- Your current symptoms
- Your work history, such as working in a factory, farm, or mine
- Any medications you are taking
- Any medical conditions you may have (see Causes of Pulmonary Fibrosis)
- Your family's history of medical conditions
- Whether you smoke
- If you have had radiation for cancer, such as breast cancer.
- A chest x-ray
- High-resolution computerized tomography (HRCT)
- Pulmonary function tests
- Exercise testing
- A bronchoscopy
- A lung biopsy.