Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
How is RSV diagnosed?
Children's doctors will begin by reviewing your child's complete medical history and then conduct a physical examination. Other diagnostic tests for RSV may include:
- culture of your child's nasal drainage
- chest x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs onto film
- pulse oximetry - an oximeter is a small machine that measures the amount of oxygen in the blood