Tools used to diagnose brain tumors and monitor your progress and treatment include
- A procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. MRI is especially useful for imaging the brain, the spine, the soft tissue of joints, and the inside of bones.
- Additional related procedures include Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
- CT SCAN
- A series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body taken from different angles. The pictures are created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. Also called CAT scan, computed tomography scan, computerized axial tomography scan, and computerized tomography.
- PET SCAN
- A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a procedure in which a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein, and a scanner is used to make detailed, computerized pictures of areas inside the body where the glucose is used.
- The removal of cell or tissue samples for examination by a pathologist. The pathologist may study the tissue under a microscope or perform other tests on the cell or tissue samples to help make or confirm a diagnosis.