Testing & Diagnosis for Chondromas in Children

Tests

How are chondromas diagnosed?

In addition to a 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 either type of chondroma:

  • X-rays - A diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -This test is particularly useful in identifying tumors in areas that are difficult to image on a plain x-ray.
  • Computerized Tomography scan (also called CT or CAT scan) - A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs.
  • Bone scan - A nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joints, to detect bone diseases and tumors and 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 blood sample.