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What tests do doctors use to evaluate the severity of a chordoma?

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  • Your doctor can do imaging tests to see where the cancer is inside your body and how big it's grown. These include: X-ray: Low doses of radiation are used to make images of your brain or spinal cord.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: X-rays are taken from several different angles and put together to make detailed pictures of the affected area.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Powerful magnets and radio waves are used to make pictures of organs and other structures inside your body.

From: What Is Chordoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Chordoma."

Chordoma Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions," "Understanding Chordoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Chordoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chordoma."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Chordoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Chordoma."

Chordoma Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions," "Understanding Chordoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Chordoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chordoma."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Chordoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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