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Understanding Your Diagnosis

  1. Bone Biopsy

    A bone biopsy is a procedure in which bone samples are removed to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

  2. Bone Scan

    A bone scan is used to examine the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.

  3. Can I Survive Primary Bone Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?
  4. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Bones

    A CT scan shows detailed images of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays.

  5. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

    A CT scan of the spine may be performed to assess the spine for a herniated disk, tumors and other lesions, the extent of injuries, structural anomalies such as spina bifida, blood vessel malformations, or other conditions.

  6. How Does My Doctor Know I Have Primary Bone Cancer?
  7. How Your Doctor Uses Biopsies to Find Primary Bone Cancer
  8. I've Just Been Told I Have Primary Bone Cancer
  9. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissues

    Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of structures within the body.

  10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain

    MRI may be used to examine the brain and/or spinal cord for injuries or the presence of structural abnormalities or certain other conditions, including tumors or aneurysms.

  11. Tests That Help Evaluate Primary Bone Cancer
  12. Understanding Your Grade and Stage of Primary Bone Cancer
  13. What are the Symptoms of Primary Bone Cancer?
  14. X-rays of the Extremities

    This procedure is often used as the first step in diagnosing injuries of the extremities, but may also be used to evaluate other problems involving the bones and/or soft tissues.

  15. X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back

    This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.