Working collaboratively, Rutland Regional Medical Center and the Foley Cancer Center provide a full range of advanced diagnostic services, including:
- Blood Tests. Some tumors release substances called tumor markers, which can be detected in the blood. However, blood tests by themselves can be inconclusive, and other methods should be used to confirm the diagnosis.
- X-rays. The most common imaging procedure, x-rays take pictures of the inside of the body. Specialists can spot abnormal areas that may indicate the presence of cancer.
- Biopsy. A surgeon uses a needle, minimally invasive surgery or traditional open surgery to remove a small piece of tissue from the suspicious area. The tissue sample is then examined at our pathology laboratory for signs of cancer.
- Endoscopy. A flexible plastic tube with a tiny camera on the end is inserted into body cavities and organs, allowing the physician to view the suspicious area.
- Computerized Tomography or CT Scan. A high-tech imaging machine able to combine X-rays taken at different angles to create 3-D, cross-sectional images of bones, blood flow, soft tissue and other body structures. A contrast dye is sometimes used to make structures and organs easier to see.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI. Radio waves, magnetic fields and a high-resolution computer are used to provide clear, detailed pictures of organs, tissues and blood flow. Like with CT scan, a contrast dye is sometimes injected to make structures easier to see.
- Mammogram and Breast MRI for Breast Cancer
- Positron Emission Tomography or PET Scan. A unique type of imaging that helps doctors see how organs and tissues inside the body are functioning. Before the scan, patients are injected with a small dose of a radioactive chemical, called a radiotracer, that accumulates in areas with high levels of metabolic activity and can signal the presence of disease.