Testing & Diagnosis for Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Children

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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
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