The first step of cancer care is an early and accurate diagnosis. Holy Cross Hospital offers a full range of sophisticated evaluation and diagnostic treatments to detect cancer in any part of the body, including:
- Diagnostic Mammography -an X-ray of the breast used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. A diagnostic mammogram is also used to evaluate abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram.
- Mammotome©-a biopsy technique that is faster, more accurate, and less invasive than the traditional breast biopsy.
- Computerized tomography (CT) -a technique that uses X-rays and computer technology to make cross-sectional images of body tissues.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -an imaging method that uses electromagnetic fields and computer-generated graphics to create cross-sectional images of body tissues.
- Positron-Emission Tomography (PET)- a nuclear medicine technique that uses radioactively tagged substances to map the metabolic activity of tissues.
- Molecular Coincidence Detection (MCD)- a new diagnostic technique that improves on the accuracy of conventional PET scans and allows earlier and more accurate diagnosis of the metabolic activity of cancer tumors.
- Ultrasound- a technique that uses high frequency sound waves and computerized imaging to detect abnormalities in internal body structures.
- Endoscopy- a flexible fiber-optic tube technology that allows doctors to see inside the throat, stomach, and intestines.