How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT. These a days, brain mri's and ct's are the primary method of diagnosing brain tumors. These are prompted after the patient has a neurologic symptom or an un-relenting headache.
Imaging, biopsy. In general, while symptoms are non-specific (headaches, changes in vision, changes in perception), imaging studies are able to identify abnormalities very well. Once an area of abnormality is defined, a biospy is performed (usually by a neurosurgeon), which a pathologist then studies, and gives a diagnosis.

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How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

PROCESS. First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results. Read more...

How long does it take to diagnose a brain tumor and what are usually the first signs?

Variable. Primary (start in the brain) brain tumors are rare. Time and symptoms depend on the type of tumor, and where it develops. Low grade tumors are more common in the young, are slower growing and can take years to diagnose. High grade tumors are more common in adults, grow quickly and cause symptoms in weeks to months. Symptoms depend on part of brain. Most common are headaches, nausea, seizures. Read more...
Diagnosing brain tum. The top three symptoms are headache, vomiting, and personality changes. Unfortunately, those are also common to many other diagnoses. Once medically concerned, an MRI is the test of choice, and the diagnosis can rapidly be made. Read more...

My 13 months old son was diagnose with a malignant brain tumor, is there a cure?

Sometimes. It depends on the type of tumor. Many cases of the most common type of brain malignancy in children, medulloblastoma, can probably be cured with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Most high grade gliomas are not curable, but are treatable to give some useful extended survival. Talk this over with your doctors and seek information about the children's oncology group's protocols. Read more...

My 13 months old son was currently diagnose with a malignant brain tumor. Any remedies to cure it?

Tumor. I am so sorry to hear about your son's health. When it comes to a malignant brain tumor - would recommend conventional medical treatment. Remedies can be risky. Don't forget the power of prayer. Take care. Read more...
Brain tumor. Yes there are a number of treatments available. The outcome or prognosis is based on the tumor type and the response to the chemotherapy - I assume you have been referred to a center that specializes in these types of treatments - if not then I would get advice from your doctor as to facilities that are available in your area. Read more...

Can an neurologist diagnose a brain tumor with a physical examination?

Brain tumor. I would say no. You can be very suspicious, and be almost certain it is acting like a mass but tumor is a mass and you need to see the mass, by CT, MRI or shadows on xrays( in the days before CT/MRI) . Read more...