Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Tests and procedures used to diagnose chordoma include:

  • Removing a sample of cells for laboratory testing (biopsy). Biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of suspicious cells for laboratory testing. In the lab, specially trained doctors called pathologists examine the cells under microscopes to determine whether cancer cells are present.

    At Mayo Clinic, the medical team that performs your biopsy consults with experienced surgeons to plan the procedure so that it can be done in a way that won't interfere with a later operation.

  • Creating images of your spine. Your doctor may recommend imaging tests to help visualize your chordoma and determine whether it has spread beyond the spine. Tests may include MRI or CT.
May 01, 2014