Rush Medical Center Home Page Information for healthcare Professionals Rush University
FIND A DOCTOR
PATIENT & VISTOR SERVICES
HEALTH INFORMATION
CLINICAL SERVICES
EVENTS & CLASSES
RUSH NEWS ROOM
CLINICAL TRIALS
RESEARCH AT RUSH
NURSING AT RUSH
WORK AT RUSH
GIVING TO RUSH

Bookmark This Page
Clinical Services at Rush Brain Tumor Diagnosis

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for brain tumors may include the following:

  • Neurological examination - your physician tests reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination, and alertness.

     
  • Computed Tomography scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.

     
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

     
  • X-Ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.

     
  • Bone Scan - pictures or x-rays taken of the bone after a dye has been injected that is absorbed by bone tissue. These are used to detect tumors and bone abnormalities.

     
  • Arteriogram (also called an angiogram) - an x-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels.

     
  • Myelogram - a procedure that uses dye injected into the spinal canal to make the structure clearly visible on x-rays.

     
  • Spinal Tap (also called a lumbar puncture) - a special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal. This is the area around the spinal cord. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problems. CSF is the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.

Diagnosis of a brain tumor depends mostly on the types of cells involved and the tumor location.


 

Brain Tumor Center at Rush

The Brain Tumor Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of brain tumors (cancerous and noncancerous). At Rush, patients have access to the latest diagnostic and treatment options, from stereotactic radiosurgery to minimally invasive brain and skull base surgery that can be performed without incisions and that requires only a short hospital stay.

For more information visit the Brain Tumor Center home page.





Contact Name
Brain Tumor Center at Rush
Contact Phone
(888) 352-RUSH
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


Promotional Information

Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic
Information About Brain Tumors
Brain Tumor Diagnosis

   
Find a Doctor | Patient & Visitor Services | Health Information
Clinical Services | Events & Classes | Rush News Room | Clinical Trials
Research At Rush
Disclaimer | Privacy Statement | Site Map

© Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois