Diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome remains a challenge to many doctors. Clinical tests have tried and failed. You have likely heard of Adson’s test or the Wright test. However, these clinical tests fail to achieve good accuracy. Diagnostic lab tests, including EMG/NCV, do not provide reliable results. Fortunately, modern imaging tests can be tailored to diagnose TOS.

As a result, we now have improved understanding of the anatomy and causes of TOS. It is important to keep in mind that different diagnostic tests have advantages and disadvantages. In particular, MRI shows all of the vital structures of the thoracic outlet, as well as pathology. CT is fast, but requires radiation. Additionally, CT does not show all soft tissue structures. MRI requires no radiation. Notably, MRI shows all important soft tissues. MRI can isolate blood vessels and nerves. Finally, MRI can create images in multiple arm positions. Experienced TOS specialists around the country are learning how the NeoVista® MRI can help diagnose TOS.

25 12, 2018

How does a doctor diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome?

By |2021-05-17T13:55:50-07:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: Diagnosis of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome|0 Comments

Doctors find it difficult to diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome in many patients. For the TOS patient, how do you know your doctor is taking the right steps?