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The first test you have is a blood test. Your doctor will refer you to the hospital to see a specialist (haematologist) if your blood test comes back with changes. You then have other tests such as a bone marrow test and an ultrasound scan. 

Blood tests

You have a number of different blood tests to help diagnose CML. You have regular blood tests throughout treatment if you are diagnosed with CML.

Bone marrow test

You may have this test to find out if there are cancer cells in your bone marrow. Find out how you have this test.

Ultrasound scan

You might have an ultrasound scan of your liver or spleen. Find out what an ultrasound scan is, and how you have it.


You might have an x-ray of your chest for example to look for the cause of symptoms. Find out what to expect when you have an x-ray.

Last reviewed: 
09 May 2019
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