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Diagnostic Tests for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma includes:

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

If non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is suspected, the doctor asks about the person's medical history and performs a physical exam. The exam includes feeling to see if the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin are enlarged. In addition to checking general signs of health, the doctor may perform blood tests.

The doctor may also order tests that produce pictures of the inside of the body. These may include:

  • X-rays : Pictures of areas inside the body created by high-energy radiation.

  • CT (or CAT) scan : A series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. The pictures are created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine.

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Detailed pictures of areas inside the body produced with a powerful magnet linked to a computer.

  • Lymphangiogram : Pictures of the lymphatic system taken with x-rays after a special dye is injected to outline the lymph nodes and vessels.

A biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis. A surgeon removes a sample of tissue so that a pathologist can examine it under a microscope to check for cancer cells. A biopsy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually taken from a lymph node, but other tissues may be sampled as well. Sometimes, an operation called a laparotomy may be performed. During this operation, a surgeon cuts into the abdomen and removes samples of tissue to be checked under a microscope. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: NCI)

Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:


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