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Diagnosis of Brain Tumors

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Diagnosis of Brain Tumors

The doctor may ask about your symptoms and health history. A neurological exam may be done. Testing may help narrow down the cause of the problem.

Diagnosis of a Brain Tumor

These tests may be done:

MRI Scan of the Head.

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  • Rimas Lukas, MD
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