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Diagnostic Services for Brain and Spinal Tumors

Our experts use the latest approaches to provide the most accurate diagnosis for the patient’s type of brain or spinal tumor. It starts with a physical exam, followed by a neurological exam to evaluate brain and spinal cord function. Imaging studies will be performed to look for signs of a brain or spinal tumor. If scans confirm the presence of a tumor, a surgical biopsy and/or spinal tap may be performed to remove a tissue sample. Following the biopsy, Maimonides Cancer Centers’ neuropathology team provides expert review and diagnosis of the brain or spinal tissue specimen. Renowned for their diagnostic skills, our neuropathologists have extensive experience in diagnosing and staging a wide range of brain and spinal tumors.

Following a neurologic exam to evaluate brain and spinal cord function, one or more imaging studies will be performed to look for signs of a brain tumor. Our highly qualified imaging specialists use the most advanced technology available to pinpoint the precise location of the tumor, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans), computed tomography (CT) scans, and positron emission Tomography (PET) scans. A spinal tap may also be performed to look for tumor cells in the cerebrospinal fluid. For spinal tumors, diagnostic tests may include an MRI scan, CT scan, myelogram, and spinal tap.