To help diagnose an ependymoma, Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD
will thoroughly evaluate your health and symptoms and find a path to the tumor that is least disruptive to your brain, critical nerves, and ability to return to normal functioning. Special imaging of the brain will be required to find confirm and locate the tumor.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI uses magnetic fields to produce detailed images of the brain. A special dye called a contrast medium is injected into a patient’s vein before the scan to create a clearer picture.
Biopsy: Dr. Louis will perform this technique, which uses a needle guided to the tumor or it can be done during surgery when the surgeon can look at the tumor directly. This process is crucial as it will dictate the best course of treatment and will also give important information about the prognosis.
After diagnostic tests are done, Dr. Louis will review all of the results with you and describe the tumor stage, grade, and best treatment options.