Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Radiology & Imaging

radiology and imaging

Our department

The Radiology & Imaging Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) uses sophisticated, minimally invasive diagnostic technology to detect cancer cells with precision and accuracy. This helps us develop a targeted treatment plan for each patient.

Advanced diagnostics

At CTCA®, we evaluate your medical history and conduct comprehensive diagnostic testing to make treatment recommendations for your type and stage of cancer, as well as your individual and lifestyle needs.

When you first visit our hospital for your initial evaluation, we will complete an array of diagnostic tests to accurately locate and stage the disease. Then, using all this information, your care team will work with you and your caregivers to develop a comprehensive, integrative treatment plan for your type and stage of cancer.

We understand that waiting for test results can be stressful. At CTCA, we strive to deliver your test results within a few hours.

Your entire care team has instant access to the results, allowing them to quickly and seamlessly coordinate care. Throughout your treatment, we will use advanced technology to track the disease and modify your treatment plan based on your response.

Imaging and interventional radiology services

The following are just some of the imaging tools available at our hospital:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • PET/CT imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography and breast imaging
  • Nuclear medicine imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray

In Imaging Services, we also perform interventional radiology procedures. Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology, in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using imaging guidance. The following are just some of the interventional radiology procedures available at our hospital:

  • Ablation
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Paracentesis
  • PICC line placements
  • Port placements

A skilled, integrated team

The Department of Imaging Services strives to deliver high-quality, accurate diagnostics in a timely manner.

Our technologists have completed specialty training focusing on caring for oncology patients. They have earned advanced-level certifications related to their area of expertise.

Whole-person care

We do everything we can to make your visit here as convenient and comfortable as possible. The diagnostic technologies we provide are all available within our hospital. For patients who want to relax during and after testing, you may find it helpful to consult a member of the pain management, mind-body medicine or spiritual support teams.

Follow-up care

Once your treatment is complete, CTCA provides survivorship support, a comprehensive survivorship program. Even if it means traveling from home, many of our patients choose to have their follow-up visits at our hospital. When you come here for follow-up care, you will receive a full array of tests over the course of a few days.

The radiology/imaging team at Western

The radiology/imaging team at CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) works together to ensure imaging tests are performed with the highest degree of quality and accuracy, and results are delivered in a timely manner.

With over 20 years of experience in healthcare management, Patricia O’Driscoll oversees the Radiology/Imaging Department at Western. “Our commitment is always and only about providing the highest quality service, while ensuring safety for our patients,” says Driscoll.

Our technologists have completed specialty training focusing on caring for oncology patients. They have excelled in their profession by earning advanced-level certifications related to their area of expertise. The entire imaging team is committed to providing advanced whole-person treatment, and the kind of care we would want for our family.

CTCA is proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology in the areas of MRI, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine and Position Emission Tomography. The ACR awards accreditation only to those facilities who have achieved the highest industry practice standards. This designation is bestowed after a rigorous peer-review process and assures hospital personnel are well qualified to perform and interpret your medical images and that the facility meets or exceeds stringent quality assurance and safety guidelines.

Mammography Suite at Western

At Western, we understand that a mammogram can be an emotional experience, and one that requires extra sensitivity. In our state-of-the-art mammography suite, all breast imaging tests are completed with privacy and comfort in mind. The suite includes a private waiting room, an imaging room, an ultrasound and biopsy suite, and a consult room.

Following completion of all breast exams, you'll meet in the consult room with a board-certified radiologist to review the images. Our commitment is that all mammogram results are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist and discussed with you before you leave the suite.

Technology and tools

We offer the latest equipment for breast imaging, such as computer-aided detection, which enhances analysis and treatment planning by providing a "second set of eyes" for the detection of cancer.

Side-by-side monitors allow our technologist to compare records from previous mammograms in real time with images being captured during the exam. The imaging team also uses the Suros ATEC Sapphire™ breast biopsy console, which allows for minimally invasive tissue excision.

In addition to full-field digital mammography, other breast cancer diagnostic tools available at Western include:

  • 3D mammography: Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, digital mammography uses 3D scanning technology, in conjunction with two-dimensional mammograms, as an early detection tool. With this technology, the X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the patient's breast, taking multiple images and producing a 3D picture of the breast tissue in 1-millimeter slices.
  • Breast ductography: Also called a galactography, this specialized procedure is a type of mammography that uses a contrast injection to reveal the breast ducts.
  • Breast needle localization: A needle localization is performed when an imaging scan reveals an abnormality in the breast. Using image guidance, a sample of breast tissue is removed.
  • Computer aided detection (CAD): CAD systems use computer algorithms to read mammograms, which identifies potential areas for further evaluation by the radiologist.
  • Intraoperative ultrasound: A special type of ultrasound used during surgery to locate, evaluate and/or remove abnormal tissue in the breast.
  • MRI breast imaging: This technology uses radiofrequency waves to create detailed cross-sectional images of the breasts. MRI helps us to identify tumors that may have been missed by a mammogram.
  • MRI-guided breast biopsy: This biopsy procedure uses MRI guidance to remove a sample of tissue that may not be visible with ultrasound or X-ray guidance.

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