How We Diagnose Heart Tumors
We typically diagnose heart tumors with an echocardiogram. This is an ultrasound that lets us see the heart’s structure and how blood flows inside the heart. We have expert pediatric cardiologists to interpret this test. We can also do fetal echocardiograms, to diagnose a tumor before a baby is born.
To be certain of the type of tumor and its size, we usually need more advanced imaging tests. This includes tests that let us see the heart up close, including cardiac MRI or cardiac CT scan. Here at Lurie Children’s, we have a long history of performing these tests safely, even on the smallest children.
Many tumors don’t have any symptoms (especially in older children). We often pick them up incidentally when doing an imaging test for another suspected issue.
After we have a definitive diagnosis, we’ll create a treatment plan that’s unique to your child.