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Tests to diagnose

Your doctor may refer you to hospital for tests and x-rays or they might refer you directly to a specialist in a hospital that has teams that diagnose and treat sarcoma. You will have an examination, an ultrasound and blood tests. You usually have an MRI scan and you might have the lump removed or have a sample of tissue taken from it. 


Your GP and the specialist at the hospital will examine you before arranging any tests. 

Ultrasound scan

Learn about having an ultrasound, including what an ultrasound is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Blood tests

You have blood tests to check your general health. Find out about what tests you will have, how you have a blood test and what happens after.

MRI scan

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


You might have an x-ray of the area where the lump is and a chest x-ray to check your general health. 

CT scan

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

Core needle biopsy

Taking a sample of cells from the lump can tell you if it is cancer and what type it is  Find out how you have the test. . 

Surgical biopsy

Learn about surgical biopsy for soft tissue sarcoma. 

Fine needle aspiration (FNA)

Find out about fine needle aspiration (FNA) for soft tissue sarcoma. 

Last reviewed: 
19 Mar 2015

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