At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know that the first step in treating your child’s chondroblastoma is to form an accurate and complete diagnosis.
During a physical exam, the doctor obtains a complete medical history of your child, and conducts neurologic function tests for:
- muscle strength
- eye and mouth movement
Other diagnostic tests may include:
- x-rays: produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): produces detailed images of organs and structures within the body; especially useful for assessing soft tissue around injured joints and bones
- computed tomography scan (CT, CAT scan): uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce 3-D cross-sectional images (slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the affected area—including bones, fat, soft tissue
- bone scan: detects bone diseases and tumors; can determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation
biopsy or tissue sample from the tumor: provides definitive information about the type of tumor; this is collected during surgery
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. We then meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
Children's is a world leader in opening new avenues of "translational” research, bringing the laboratory’s advances to the bedside and doctor's office—as quickly as possible. All of the senior medical staff members of our Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program participate in clinical research activities.