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Understanding Your Diagnosis

  • How Does My Doctor Know I Have Primary Bone Cancer?
  • X-rays of the Extremities

    X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to make images of internal tissues, bones, and organs. Standard X-rays are done for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.

  • X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back

    This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.

  • Bone Scan

    A bone scan is a radiology procedure used to look at the skeleton. It is done to find areas of physical and chemical changes in bone. A bone scan may also be used to see if treatment of certain conditions is working.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Bones

    Computed tomography is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissues

    Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of structures within the body.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain

    MRI may be used to examine the brain and/or spinal cord for injuries or the presence of structural abnormalities or certain other conditions, including tumors or aneurysms.

  • Bone Biopsy

    A bone biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the outer layers of bone for examination under a microscope.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Stages

    The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Read on to learn about the stages of primary bone cancer.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

    Computed tomography is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Symptoms

    Primary bone cancer symptoms usually develop slowly over time. Read on for some common symptoms.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Tests to Check the Extent of the Cancer

    If your doctor thinks you have primary bone cancer, he or she may order more tests. These tests can help your doctor learn more about the type of cancer and its specific location.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Newly Diagnosed

    Being told you have bone cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Your Chances of Recovery

    Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. Learn what goes into making a prognosis, and read about the survival rates for primary bone cancer.

  • Primary Bone Cancer: Diagnosis

    If your healthcare provider thinks you might have primary bone cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. Read on to learn more about what you can expect.