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Cancer Center

Diagnosis/Tests

Physicans at the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center have a high level of expertise in detecting and pinpointing cancers using state-of-the-art imaging technologies and biopsies.  Achieving an accurate diagnosis is the first step on the path to successful treatment of many types of cancer.

Some of St. Mary's advanced imaging techniques include:

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan – CT scans use a computer to combine a series of X-rays to produce a three- dimensional image of the internal organs and structures within the body.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/CT – This scanner system integrates two advanced imaging technologies to help doctors determine what stage cancer is in and to monitor the effectiveness of a patient's treatment.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – MRI uses a large magnet and radio waves to create visible images on a computer that can detect subtle abnormalities that may otherwise go unnoticed, especially in soft tissue and primary organs.  This procedure is painless and the scan does not involve X-ray radiation or radioactive material.  St. Mary was the first in the nation to offer patients high-field open MRI, combining the detailed results of a high-field-strength scan with the comfort of an open MRI environment.
  • Digital Mammography – Digital mammography aids in the early detection of breast cancer.  Breast screening at St. Mary is done with the latest digital imaging technology available and is linked to state-of-the-art computer-aided detection (CAD). 
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy – In minimally invasive breast biopsy, a hollow needle guided by a computerized X-ray instrument is inserted in the suspect lesion at precisely the right point to extract a small tissue sample.  Lab tests are performed on this sample to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

You may make a request online to schedule some of these tests.