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Other tests

These tests show exactly where the tumour is and how big it is. Not everyone needs all these futher scans or tests.

MRI scan

Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

PET scan

Read about having a PET scan for a brain tumour including what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Surgical biopsy

Read about a surgical biopsy for a brain tumour including what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

CT scan of the chest or tummy (abdomen)

Find out what a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Brain angiogram

Find out about an angiogram for a brain tumour including what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Lumbar puncture

Lumbar puncture means taking a sample of fluid around the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) to test for cancer cells. 

Neuroendoscopy

Neuroendoscopy is a test to take a sample of tissue from a tumour or take some fluid from around your brain (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF). 

Last reviewed: 
10 Nov 2015

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