Understanding Your Diagnosis

  1. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain

    Detailed information on computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan of the brain, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the brain

  2. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

    A CT scan of the spine may be performed to assess the spine for a herniated disk, tumors and other lesions, the extent of injuries, structural anomalies such as spina bifida, blood vessel malformations, or other conditions.

  3. Craniotomy

    Detailed information on craniotomy, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, an anatomical illustration of the anatomy of the brain, and an illustration of an example of a craniotomy procedure

  4. Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    The EEG is used to evaluate several types of brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, certain psychoses, and certain sleep disorders.

  5. I've Just Been Told I Have a Brain Tumor
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain

    MRI may be used to examine the brain and/or spinal cord for injuries or the presence of structural abnormalities or certain other conditions, including tumors or aneurysms.

  7. Myelogram

    Detailed information on myelogram, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the spine and myelogram procedure

  8. Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)

    Detailed information on positron emission tomography (PET), including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care

  9. Tests that Help Evaluate a Brain Tumor
  10. Understanding Your Grade of Brain Tumor
  11. X-rays of the Skull

    X-rays of the skull may be performed to diagnose fractures of the bones of the skull, birth defects, tumors, and certain disorders that cause bone defects of the skull. Skull X-rays may also be used to evaluate the nasal sinuses and detect calcifications within the brain.

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