Radiology is a medical science that uses imaging technologies to help diagnose and treat diseases and injuries within the body. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, we use sophisticated diagnostic technology to take images of your body. Imaging tests may be used to look for cancer, determine if the disease has spread or to help track the tumor to see if cancer treatment is working.
Diagnostic testing involves tests and procedures that can help confirm the presence of disease and identify the tumor type, location and stage. At our hospital in Chicago, we use sophisticated diagnostic technology with the goal of helping to pinpoint and evaluate tumors and develop a personalized treatment plan. Radiologists are an integral part of the care team at our Illinois hospital, helping to diagnose cancer using medical imaging techniques, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Radiologists are doctors who have completed post-medical school training that typically includes radiation safety.
Patients at our cancer center in Chicago meet with experienced medical oncologists, who review their health history and medical records. These doctors may also perform physical exams and order diagnostic tests or blood work, if needed. Our radiologists work with other members of the care team to recommend an appropriate diagnostic imaging option. To ease anxiety and stress, our Chicago hospitals’ radiology department strives to provide same-day test results when available. A thorough cancer diagnosis is one of the first steps in helping you design a personalized cancer treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.
Once you have completed a diagnostic evaluation, your care team will discuss the diagnosis and staging results of the various tests performed. These tests help your medical oncologist recommend treatment options that are customized to your individual circumstances.