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Tests

ALL is usually diagnosed from a blood test. You have other tests to find out more about the leukaemia. 

You also have some of these tests during treatment for ALL.

Blood tests

Find out about the different types of blood tests you might have for ALL and how you have them.

Bone marrow test

This test checks for cancer cells in the bone marrow. Find out what to expect.

Lumbar puncture

A lumbar puncture checks whether leukaemia cells have spread to the spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. Find out more.

Chest x-ray

Find out what x-rays are, and what to expect when you have a chest x-ray.

CT scan

You usually have a CT scan of your neck, chest, tummy (abdomen) and pelvis to check for abnormal areas. Find out what a CT scan is and how you have it. 

MRI scan

An MRI scan can check for swollen lymph nodes or changes to other areas of the body. Find out what to expect.

Ultrasound scan

You might have an ultrasound to check your lymph nodes, liver and spleen. Read about what happens.

PET scan

Find out about having a PET scan to check how well the treatment is working. 

Tissue typing

This is a blood test. You have it if you might need a bone marrow transplant from someone else (a donor transplant).

Last reviewed: 
26 Apr 2018

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