Brain scans on an iPad

An accurate diagnosis is the first step in comprehensive brain and spinal cord tumor care. To identify and confirm the presence of a central nervous system tumor, doctors start with a health assessment and physical examination.

At the University of Chicago Medicine Brain Tumor Center, we specialize in the use of sophisticated imaging technology and minimally invasive techniques to pinpoint the location and shape of brain tumors. Demonstrating the highest level of diagnostic skill, our experts can safely biopsy tumors in the most difficult to reach, high-risk locations, such as the brain stem and spinal cord. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, our multidisciplinary team discusses each patient's case and collaborates on a customized treatment plan.