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Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma) Diagnosis

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

To diagnose acoustic neuroma, your doctor will likely:

  • examine your ears
  • evaluate your hearing
  • do an MRI imaging test if one hasn’t been done already

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