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How is radon poisoning diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radon poisoning is difficult to diagnose. There are no symptoms, signs, or laboratory tests that are specific to radon poisoning. There are specialized tests that can detect radon in your urine, bones, and blood, but the results of these tests only tell if you were recently exposed to radon. They do not give any information about the amount of exposure, which is necessary to determine whether the exposure has been excessive. Radon poisoning is most commonly diagnosed only after it has done substantial damage to the lungs, as in a lung cancer diagnosis.

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