A complete physical examination and history.
A complete chest x-ray may help to identify and locate a pulmonary embolism.
An electrocardiogram measures your heart’s electrical activity.
D-dimer Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay
This blood test can show if there is an increase in a type of protein that may rise after a pulmonary embolism.
This test measures blood flow in your lungs and your air intake.
Spiral Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
A spiral CT scan allows for uniform, highly accurate scans of pulmonary arteries.
A pulmonary angiography shows x-ray pictures of the blood vessels in your lungs.
This test allows your physician to measure the speed of blood flow and to see the structure of your leg veins.
Venography shows x-ray pictures of your leg veins.