Understanding Your Diagnosis
Multiple Myeloma: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you might have multiple myeloma, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. Learn about these tests.
A bone biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the outer layers of bone for examination under a microscope.
Bone Marrow Biopsy
In the center of most large bones there is a soft tissue called bone marrow. Bone marrow makes most of the body's blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy involves removing tissue from the red bone marrow. The tissue is sent to the lab for microscopic exam. The biopsy is done using a small needle inserted into the bone.
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.
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.
Multiple Myeloma: Newly Diagnosed
Being told you have multiple myeloma can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.
Multiple Myeloma: Stages
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Learn about the stages of multiple myeloma.