Diagnosis of glioma

Tomographic imaging of the head, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is useful for the diagnosis of glioma (see illustration). In most cases, the injection of a substance called a contrast agent is required during scanning. At Tokai University Hospital, we utilize a special scanning method using MRI in particular, in the efforts to ascertain not only the location of the tumor, but also its classification. We also carry out nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) to the greatest extent possible. All these scans can be performed as outpatient procedures, making a stay in the hospital unnecessary. A comprehensive assessment is made of the scan results, and diagnosis of a brain tumor allows determination of the optimum treatment strategy right from the beginning.

[ MRI of a glioma ]

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