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Diagnosis

The following tests are most often used to diagnose brain tumors:

  • a thorough neurological and physical exam
  • imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional magnetic imaging (fMRI), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET)
  • spinal tap to analyze cerebrospinal fluid for cancer cells
  • biopsy of tumor tissue
  • cytology, immunohistochemistry, genetic marker analysis, and analysis of cell surface markers for specific tumors

All of these tests are available at the Weill Cornell Cancer Center.

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