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Tests to stage

When bone cancer is diagnosed you have other tests to find out the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. Knowing the stage of your bone cancer helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Bone scan for bone cancer

A bone scan uses a gamma camera and a radioactive tracer to show changes or abnormalities in the bones.

CT scan

A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of the body.

Chest x-ray

A chest x-ray is a test that uses small doses of radiation to take pictures of the lungs and heart.

Bone marrow biopsy for bone cancer

A bone marrow test uses a sample of bone marrow cells or an area of bone marrow to look for cancer cells.

Last reviewed: 
16 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
16 Feb 2024
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