Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
To diagnose your cancer as accurately as possible, our cancer doctors rely on three main types of diagnostic tests — imaging, pathology and surgical tests.
Diagnostic Imaging Tests
- Diagnostic imaging equipment is continually updated to make sure you have access to the most advanced technologies, including:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT) scanning
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Mammography, including digital mammography and mammography MRI
After a biopsy, your doctor will send your tissue samples to be evaluated by a board-certified pathologist. Pathologists are physicians who specialize in examining tissues and cells under a microscope to diagnose diseases. As an essential member of your oncology team, a pathologist performs the critical initial diagnosis. Your doctor will discuss your pathology test results with you to help you understand your diagnosis.
Surgery (for diagnostic purposes)
Surgery may be necessary to help diagnose the type, location and size of your cancer. Your doctor will refer you to a skilled and experienced surgeon.