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How do doctors test for medulloblastoma in children?

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If your child has symptoms, his pediatrician will want to do a few tests to find out what's going on. These may include a physical exam and a neurological exam, which checks reflexes, senses, and muscle strength among other things. The doctor also may recommend the following:

 

• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make detailed pictures of the inside of your child's brain and spine.

• Computed tomography (CT) scan: An X-ray machine takes detailed pictures of your child's brain from different angles.

• Positron emission tomography (PET) scan: Doctors use radiation to make 3-dimensional color images so they can find cancer cells.

From: Medulloblastoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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