If your physician suspects that you or a loved one may have cancer, you will have many questions about what to expect. Get answers from the cancer specialists at Medical Center of Trinity. Our team is well known for our advanced diagnostic services that help guide treatment for all types of cancer.
Medical Center of Trinity: Cancer Diagnostic Imaging and Testing
We offer the complete range of imaging and testing services to diagnose all types of cancer. Our advanced technologies help our teams detect and diagnose cancer in its early stages. That way, our multidisciplinary team can quickly develop and start your treatment plan to provide the best possible outcome.
Our advanced imaging and testing technologies include the following:
Breast Biopsy: Stereotactic, Mammogram, MRI and Ultrasound
Physicians can use a variety of technologies to guide biopsies of breast tissue to check for cancer. These guided biopsies enable the physician to precisely locate and target the cells for biopsy. Each technique uses a different technology to produce images:
- Stereotactic uses X-rays to produce stereo images.
- Mammogram uses special X-ray equipment.
- MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves.
- Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves.
Digital 2D Mammography
Mammograms are the gold standard for finding breast cancer in its early stages. Digital mammograms using special X-ray equipment provide images that radiologists can manipulate on a computer. The enhanced images allow doctors to more easily target areas of concern that may require more testing.
Digital 3D Mammography
3D mammography delivers a series of high-resolution images of different layers of the breast. This technology provides screening accuracy and allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by tissue.
This procedure tests the lymph nodes near the breast to see whether cancer has spread following these steps:
- The physician injects the breast with radioactive tracer material.
- The material spreads to nearby lymph nodes.
- The physician uses a gamma scanner to take images of the breast, chest and armpit areas to determine if any lymph nodes have become cancerous.
Wide Bore MRI
MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the body to diagnose cancer. A wide-bore MRI machine can provide a better patient experience. Its benefits include:
- A wider opening for more comfort for larger and claustrophobic patients
- Reduced "knocking" sound for less anxiety
- A shorter tube length so that the patient's head can stay outside the machine for many exams
This procedure uses a tiny, wireless camera to capture images of your gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. The camera is inside a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill that you swallow.
Capsule endoscopy allows your physician to evaluate areas that are difficult to access with traditional endoscopy or other imaging techniques.
Targeted Cancer Treatment
Improved therapies for cancer treatment use imaging techniques to guide procedures that use catheters and fine needles to target tumors. These minimally invasive procedures deliver cancer-fighting agents that kill cancer cells or slow or stop their growth, including:
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Radioactive materials
- Heat or cold
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
This exam is a blood test that measures the level of PSA in a man's blood. High PSA levels can indicate prostate cancer or an enlarged or inflamed prostate. If blood PSA levels remain high or a suspicious lump is found, your physician may recommend imaging or other tests to determine the problem.
CT, or computed tomography, scanning uses specially designed X-ray equipment to produce images that show a cross-section of the body. CT scans show soft tissue, bone, blood vessels and lung tissue. A 16-slice CT scan takes more images per second to produce a higher resolution, 3-D image for greater detail.
Learn more about diagnostic imaging and radiology and women's diagnostic imaging procedures at Medical Center of Trinity.