Lymphoma Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis is essential to choosing the best treatment for your type and stage of lymphoma. Diagnosis of lymphoma typically requires the biopsy of a lymph node. However, the lymphoma can sometimes involve other organs, such as the liver or the bone marrow, which would also require a biopsy. It is important that enough of the tumor is biopsied in order to diagnose the correct subtype of lymphoma.

One or more of the following tests may be used to assess the type and extent of lymphoma:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) CT scan
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, in special circumstances
  • Lumbar puncture, in special circumstances

Fox Chase Cancer Center radiologists and pathologists specializing in lymphoma review all available diagnostic tests in order to make an informed diagnosis.

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