Understanding Your Diagnosis
Head and Neck Cancer: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you might have head and neck cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. Here's a look at what you can expect.
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.
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.
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.
Head and Neck Cancer: Stages
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Different head and neck cancers are staged in different ways. Learn about the stages of some of the more common types of head and neck cancer.