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Tests and procedures used to diagnose chondrosarcoma include:

  • Imaging tests. An X-ray may identify a suspicious area of bone for further examination. Other imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT), may offer additional information.
  • Removing a sample of tissue for testing (biopsy). Doctors can confirm a diagnosis of chondrosarcoma by removing a sample of suspicious tissue with a needle or a scalpel and testing it in a lab.

    A biopsy must be performed in a certain way, so that it doesn't negatively impact the ability to remove the cancer during a later operation. For this reason, many doctors recommend that the surgeon who does the biopsy should be the same surgeon who will do the operation to remove the cancer.

    Mayo Clinic pathologists are experts at diagnosing rare tumors, including chondrosarcoma. Because chondrosarcoma is uncommon, specially trained pathologists with experience diagnosing this type of cancer are essential to obtaining a correct diagnosis.

Feb. 06, 2014

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