Overview - Imaging

Imaging is a form of testing that uses medical technology such as X-rays, ultrasounds and magnetic resonance to create images of your body parts and internal organs. 

If your doctor thinks you may have lung disease, imaging tests will help to diagnose your condition. Imaging can also be used to check how well you are recovering from lung surgery or a recent procedure.

Lung Imaging


A CT pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) is used to diagnose a blood clot in the lung.

Find out more about CTPA.

Chest CT

A chest CT scan is a detailed chest X-ray.

Find out more about Chest CT.

Chest MRI

A chest MRI (which stands for magnetic resonance imaging) is a scan that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take detailed pictures of the structures inside your chest and chest wall.

Find out more about Chest MRI.

Chest X Ray

A chest X-ray is a test that produces black and white images of the body parts inside your chest.

Find out more about Chest X Ray.

Thoracic Ultrasound

A thoracic ultrasound, also called a chest ultrasound, is a test that takes detailed images of your chest.

Find out more about Thoracic Ultrasound.

VQ Scan

A VQ scan examines how well air and blood flow in your lungs.

Find out more about a VQ Scan.