Diagnosis

The first step in diagnosing brain and spinal column tumors is a neurological exam. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our neurologists will assess your movement and sensory skills, hearing and speech, reflexes, vision, coordination and balance, mental status, and all changes in mood or behavior.

Special imaging techniques (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography) are also employed. Laboratory tests may include testing blood and urine, a spinal tap, and an electroencephalogram or EEG.

After carefully evaluating your test results, a neurosurgeon may perform a surgical biopsy to determine the exact nature of the illness. Your specialist will then plan a precise course of action to treat any discovered cancer – using expertly prescribed chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgical procedures.

UT Southwestern’s physicians and researchers have access to and employ the latest scientific findings and treatments for brain and spinal cord tumors.

The conditions we treat include: 

  • Astrocytomas
  • Common brain tumors
  • All glioma and nonglioma tumor types
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Pineal tumors
  • Schwannomas