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How are brain tumors diagnosed?

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To diagnose a brain tumor, the doctor starts by asking questions about your symptoms and taking a personal and family health history. Then he or she performs a physical exam, including a neurological exam. If there's reason to suspect a brain tumor, the doctor may request one or more of the following tests:

  • Imaging studies such as a CT(CAT) scan or an MRI to see detailed images of the brain
  • Angiogram or MRA, which involve the use of dye and X-rays of blood vessels in the brain to look for signs of a tumor or abnormal blood vessels

From: Brain Tumors in Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Brain tumor - primary - adults."

National Cancer Institute: "National Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Study in Adults: Fact Sheet."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Brain Tumors."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Symptoms."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Brain tumor - primary - adults."

National Cancer Institute: "National Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Study in Adults: Fact Sheet."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Brain Tumors."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Symptoms."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 08, 2019

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