Radiological or imaging tools provide critical information to help detect cancer. The type of imaging technique depends on whether the patient has breast
or another type of cancer.
These diagnostic imaging tests include:
- Computed Tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan)
- Bone Scan
Some imaging tests can identify the location and extent of the cancer and determine whether the cancer has spread into other areas of the body. These tests enable physicians to more accurately stage the disease and select the best treatment.
Imaging techniques also provide a non-invasive alternative for gathering information about the cancer. This may eliminate the need for a biopsy or other more invasive procedure. Learn more about imaging techniques in Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging >>
A biopsy involves the removal of cells or tissue for examination under a microscope by a pathologist to determine if cancer cells are present. The type of biopsy depends on whether the patient has breast, prostate, lung, colon or another kind of cancer. The Pathology Laboratory analyzes biopsies. Learn more about pathology and cancer >>