As with most diagnostic procedures, the recommended screening and tests for skull base tumors are based on the medical background, symptoms and health of the individual patient.
The first step of any diagnostic procedure is a physical examination. This exam helps doctors understand the patient’s full medical history and current health. It also allows doctors to examine the patient’s specific symptoms.
After a physical exam, doctors may request one or a combination of these imaging tests for skull base tumors:
- PET scan
- CT scan
If a skull based tumor is discovered, the doctor may request a biopsy. This removes a tiny portion of the tumor for analysis under a microscope. This screening of skull base tumors determines if the tumor is cancerous.
Once the results of the screening and tests are analyzed, the doctor and patient will develop an individual, comprehensive treatment plan. At Florida Hospital, it’s our goal to provide patients with the highest level of treatment for the whole person—mind, body and spirit.