The Program in Women's Oncology and Breast Health Center offer the latest technology to help diagnose and treat women's breast diseases.
Women & Infants' Division of Diagnostic Imaging – which is located at the main hospital building at 101 Dudley Street and has equipment at various locations throughout southeastern New England - offers cutting-edge equipment for a variety of specialized tests. Other procedures are conducted in our exam or operating rooms.
The diagnostic imaging tests your oncologist may recommend include:
- CT Scans – computed tomography (CT), also called CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to take images from different angles around the body. The technology then uses computer processing to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. This can show several types of tissue clearly, including bone, soft tissue, lung and blood vessels.
- General radiology – these tests, also called x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation to create images of your bones, teeth and internal organs. The test is simple and painless and allows your doctor to view and assess conditions in your body, including cancer.
- Ultrasound – an abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure that examines the internal organs of the abdomen including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves that reflect off body structures to produce an image.
- MRI – magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a procedure in which a magnet linked to a computer creates detailed pictures of the inside of the body. Like CT, MRI produces images that are like a slice of the body. MRI can produce images in an infinite number of image plains through the body.
Other tests specifically for breast patients are: