Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis

It can be challenging to diagnose acoustic neuroma. This is in part because the signs and symptoms of this benign (noncancerous) brain tumor — such as hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness — can resemble complications of other diseases.

To diagnose acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, your doctor will examine you and likely:

  • examine your ears
  • evaluate your hearing
  • carry out an MRI imaging test

Memorial Sloan Kettering doctors use cutting-edge imaging tests such as MRI to see get detailed images of brain tissue. To do an MRI, the radiologist or his or her assistant gives you a harmless dye by intravenous injection (IV). The dye circulates through your system and gives a physical outline of the tumor and other nearby structures so we can see clearly what is going on.

Memorial Sloan Kettering radiation therapist Kaitlyn Ryan
The Role of Imaging
Our doctors use advanced imaging tests to help detect and diagnose disease, make appropriate treatment recommendations, and monitor your response to therapy.
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