Diagnosis of Brain Tumors
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic fields to make computerized pictures of the brain
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
- Angiography —a test that uses x-rays to make pictures of blood vessels after injection of contrast material into your blood circulation
- Biopsy —removal of a sample of tumor tissue to test for cancer cells
- Stereotactic biopsy—use of a computer-assisted CT or MRI scan to locate the tumor and take a biopsy
- PET and SPECT scans—tests that detect the level of metabolic activity in the brain and other organs by tracking a radioactive substance that is injected into the bloodstream
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)—a noninvasive test used to evaluate brain function or disorders
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Characteristics of Tumors
- Type of tumor
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Louis DN, Ohgaki H, et al. WHO Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System. 4th ed. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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