Initial treatment will involve thorough medical history and physical exam, including the patient’s symptoms, and personal and family health history. To help detect meningioma, Robert Louis, MD conducts a neurological exam to test a patient’s vision, hearing, balance, coordination, reflexes, memory, and ability to think.
To help Dr. Louis diagnose and find the exact location of meningioma, he may perform tests and order special imaging:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This is the preferred way to diagnose meningioma. A special dye called a contrast medium is injected into a patient’s vein before the scan to create a clearer picture.
Stereotactic neurosurgery/Biopsy: Dr. Louis will perform this technique, which uses a needle guided to the tumor or it can be done during Meningioma surgery in Newport Beach 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.