Diagnosis of Primary Brain Tumors

Neuropathologist Marc Rosenblum discusses a challenging case

Marc Rosenblum (left) is a pathologist focused solely on making sure that people with brain tumors get an accurate diagnosis.

To properly treat a primary brain tumor, it’s crucial that we have an accurate diagnosis. There are approximately 125 types of brain tumors and the treatment for each type is in many cases unique.

We’ll assess your condition and base a diagnosis on a number of factors, including:

  • your symptoms and medical history
  • results of your neurologic examination and other tests
  • the size, location, and grade of the tumor as determined through diagnostic imaging
  • the condition of your overall health

Imaging Your Tumor to Make a Diagnosis

If your doctors suspect that you have a brain tumor, they may recommend diagnostic imaging. Our Brain Tumor Center specialists use CT, PET, and MRI scans to identify the presence of a brain tumor as well as determine its size, location, and grade (how quickly it’s growing). Knowing the size and location of the tumor helps your doctor plan the best approach to do a biopsy, if needed, and plan treatment.