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How are spinal cord tumors diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

To diagnose a spinal cord tumor, your doctor will likely first give you a physical examination and ask about your medical history to help rule out other potential causes of your symptoms. The most accurate diagnostic test to see if a spinal cord tumor is present is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Computed tomography (CT) can be done if MRI is not available. To determine whether a primary spinal cord tumor is cancerous, a biopsy may be performed, but this is not usually required for a secondary tumor, since these tumors are typically known to be cancerous tumors from other parts of the body.

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