How is osteoblastoma diagnosed?
In addition to taking a complete medical history and performing a full physical examination, your child's doctor may use some combination of the following tests to diagnose osteoblastoma:
- X-rays - a diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
- Computerized Tomography scan (also called CT or CAT scan) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs. This test is particularly useful in identifying tumors in areas that are difficult to image on a plain X-ray, especially the spine.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
- Bone scan - a nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joints; to detect bone diseases and tumors; to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation.
- Complete blood count (CBC) - a measurement of size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.