Brain tumors are highly complex, requiring an expert and deeply experienced team that can accurately diagnose your tumor type — so that you get the best and most effective treatment. City of Hope’s team of highly trained experts use their clinical expertise, honed by seeing many different tumor types, to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosing brain tumors
- A neurologic exam is a test to find out if there are neurological problems, including motor and sensory issues.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to create a series of pictures of the brain and nearby structures.
- CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to provide detailed images of the brain and spinal structures, revealed as thin cross-sections.
- PET (positron emission tomography) scan uses a radioactive tracer to locate cancer cells and measure their activity.