Brain Tumors in Children Diagnosis

With any brain tumor, diagnosis is critical. At Fletcher Allen, our pediatric medical team will recommend sophisticated imaging tests, which will give us important information about the size and placement of the tumor. 

Your child and family will have access to some of the highest levels of expertise and technology anywhere in the country. Our goal is to ensure a high level of accuracy, while ensuring that your child is as comfortable as possible during all diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Our pediatric neurosurgery team offers an advanced level of surgical treatment not available everywhere in the country. These treatments include computer-assisted surgery, laser microsurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. Learn more about pediatric neurosurgery at Fletcher Allen.

Diagnosis of Brain Tumors in Children: Team of Specialists

At Fletcher Allen, our neurological imaging specialists – called neuroradiologists – are an integral part of your child’s care team. They help determine the best imaging studies and diagnostic tests to use. These professionals are specially trained in conducting brain imaging studies to detect the presence of a tumor.

Our neuroradiologists use a wide range of imaging technologies and techniques including diagnostic X-ray, CT or CAT scans, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Biopsies to take a tissue sample also may be performed, if needed.

Diagnosing brain tumors in children may involve several tests or procedures, including:

  • Neurological exam – A pediatric neurologist will conduct a comprehensive physical exam, which could include assessing your child’s hearing, vision, balance and other factors.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – An MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce cross-sectional images of the brain. Fletcher Allen offers the latest technology in Open MRI, offering a comfortable option for patients who prefer an open setting.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan – This test provides comprehensive images of your child’s brain with a high degree of accuracy. CT scans produce detailed, two-dimensional images of the brain. Fletcher Allen offers some of the most advanced CT technology available today, including a 64-slice CT scanner, capable of imaging organs in the body within seconds.

The best treatment for your child depends on a number of factors, including the size, type and location of your child’s tumor, as well as your child’s overall health.

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