Tests and scans

Find out about some of the tests and scans that are used to diagnose cancer and to see how you're doing during and after treatment.

Young people affected by cancer

Young people affected by cancer

Watch our videos about other young people’s experiences of diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer. Hear from Matt, Shelbee, Olivia and Lillie in our playlist.

About our cancer information videos

Watch our videos about other young people’s experiences of diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer. Hear from Matt, Shelbee, Olivia and Lillie in our playlist.

About our cancer information videos

Hearing test (audiometry)

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can sometimes affect your hearing. You may have a hearing test before, during and after treatment.

Biopsy

A biopsy is when your doctor takes a small piece of tissue from a part of your body to look at it closely.

Blood tests

You will have blood tests to check your general health, or look for changes in your blood.

Bone marrow test

A bone marrow test checks for cancer cells in the bone marrow.

CT scan

A CT scan uses pictures (x-rays) to create a 3D picture of the inside of your body.

Lumbar puncture

A lumbar puncture is when your doctor takes a sample of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

MRI scan

An MRI scan uses magnetism to build up a picture of the inside of your body.

PET-CT scan

A PET-CT scan is a combination of a PET scan and a CT scan.

Ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to build up a picture of a part of the body.

X-ray

An x-ray uses high-energy rays to take a picture of the inside of your body.