Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Diagnosis

The Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center offers a range of tools for diagnosing brain and spinal cord tumors. Pediatric patients undergo diagnostic services at the Hassenfeld Center. Adults receive diagnostic services at the Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Diagnostic methods include:

  1. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a technology that produces a detailed picture of the brain
  2. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), which scans and analyzes chemical patterns in brain tumors to determine whether they are cancerous
  3. MRI perfusion, an advanced technique utilizing data from MRI to determine regional differences in blood flow that help to distinguish low-grade from high-grade tumors.
  4. Computed tomographic (CT) scanning, also known as a "CAT scan," a non-invasive imaging study involving small amounts of radiation exposure. 

Access to the Largest Seizure Treatment Center in the Eastern U.S.

Seizures, which are caused by disruption in the brain's normal flow of electricity, are often the first sign of a brain tumor. Perlmutter Cancer Center brain tumor specialists work closely with medical experts at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (CEC), a Level Four epilepsy center designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The CEC, a national referral facility, provides the most complex and extensive forms of intensive brain monitoring, extensive neuropsychological and psychosocial services, and neurosurgical services for seizure treatment.