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  • Skull Base Surgery Program

  • Morristown Medical Center
  • 100 Madison Avenue
  • Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Phone: 973-971-5469

Skull Base Diagnostic Tests

At Morristown Medical Center’s Skull Base Surgery Program, we believe that the timely, accurate diagnosis of skull base tumors results in more effective treatments and speedier recoveries. Our diagnostic services include:

  • Cerebral angiography with embolization – produces images of the blood vessels and other key areas of the head and neck; surgeons can also cut off the blood supply to tumors using this minimally invasive technique

  • Computed tomography (CT) – uses cross-sectional images to create a 3-D model of the brain and skull base; usually performed with a high-resolution contrast dye that makes the border and details of the tumor more visible in relation to the surrounding healthy brain tissue; may be used in some cases with frameless stereotactic guidance to aid in pre-surgical planning

  • Endoscopic biopsy – obtains tissue samples for diagnosis using the natural openings of the face to avoid incisions

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create a 3-D model of the brain and skull base; usually performed with a high-resolution contrast dye that makes the border and details of the tumor more visible in relation to the surrounding healthy brain tissue; may be used in some cases with frameless stereotactic guidance to aid in pre-surgical planning

  • Nasal endoscopy – examines the inside of the nose and sinuses using a fiber optic telescope with a camera on one end

  • Neuroendoscopy – allows neurosurgeons to minimally-invasively inspect and remove tumors and perform procedures in areas of the brain using a small fiber optic camera and specially-developed instruments; often avoids the need for traditional open surgery

  • Physical examination and blood tests – assesses the patient’s neurological status, balance, vision, hearing and hormone levels, which may be affected by some types of skull base tumors

  • Positron emission tomography (PET) – uses nuclear medicine imaging to measure important body functions, such as blood flow, oxygen use, and sugar (glucose) metabolism
  • Skull Base Surgery Program

  • Morristown Medical Center
  • 100 Madison Avenue
  • Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Phone: 973-971-5469

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