Spinal cord tumours: CT and MRI scans

Learn more about how spine tumours are diagnosed, possible side effects of the scans and what happens after a diagnosis in this interview with Dr. Ralf Kockro.

How is a spinal cord tumour diagnosed?

The main method of diagnosis is MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Tomography). It is of great to importance to pick up the clinical symptoms of a spinal cord tumor early in order to perform an MRI straightaway.

Are there any side effects to the performance of a spinal cord tumour diagnosis?

The risk of side effects of MRI or CT is very low. Nowadays the intraspinal injection of contrast is hardly ever necessary and the intravenous injection of contrast agent is generally well tolerated.

The MRI compatibility of certain implants like pace makers needs to be checked before performing an MRI.

What is the process after the diagnosis of a spinal cord tumour?

An individual therapeutic concept is developed for every spinal cord tumor involving an interdisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists radiologists and if necessary radiation oncologists.

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Dr Ralf A. Kockro is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Klinik Hirslanden, Zürich and a Senior Lecturer of Neurosurgery at the Universities of Zürich and Mainz, Germany. Prior to that he held positions as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Zürich, the University Hospital Mainz and the Royal London Hospital.
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