Diagnostic Imaging Services
The first institution in the Greater Philadelphia region to offer the PET (Positron Emission Tomography/CT) Scanner.
The diagnostic imaging department specializes in X-rays, computer tomographics, and other forms of advanced digital imaging techniques.
The latest technology in the most experienced hands
Fox Chase Cancer Center is a recognized leader in medical imaging services. We offer a comprehensive range of radiology services using the latest technology to provide our patients and their referring physicians with superior imaging for diagnostic imaging, staging (determining the extent of the cancer) and cancer treatment planning.
Our team of radiology experts offers you the following imaging services:
Our full-field digital mammography system with computer-aided detection (CAD) revolutionizes breast care. It helps physicians look for early warning signs of breast cancer to detect and diagnose it earlier and more accurately.
Research shows that digital mammography is superior to conventional film mammography in certain groups of women:
- Women with dense breasts
- Women under age 50
- Premenopausal or perimenopausal (near menopause) women
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a powerful magnet to create detailed pictures (shown on a computer screen) of areas inside the body. These 2- or 3- dimensional images can show the difference between normal and diseased tissue.
Much like CT scans, MRI can produce 3-D images of sections of the body, but MRI is sometimes more sensitive than CT scans for distinguishing soft tissues. MRI is especially useful for imaging the brain, spine, the soft tissue of joints and the inside of bones.
A computed tomography scan (CT scan, also called a CAT scan) uses computer-controlled X-rays to create 3-dimensional images of the body. By imaging and looking at several 3-D slices of the body (like slices of bread), the radiologist can tell not only if a tumor is present, but roughly how deep it is in the body. A CT scan can be 3-D because information is collected digitally on a computer, not on a flat piece of film.
Fox Chase Cancer Center's digital radiographic system can perform chest and any other general X-ray exams in little time. X-rays are a type of high-energy radiation. In low doses, they are used to diagnose diseases such as cancer by making pictures of inside the body. They also may be used to see if a cancer has spread.
PET stands for positron emission tomography. It takes computerized pictures of high metabolic activity in the body. Metabolic activities are the physical and chemical changes taking place in living cells, such as how cells absorb nutrition. Cancerous cells usually have a higher level of metabolic activity than normal cells. CT, or computerized tomography, uses high-definition X-ray images to show the body's anatomy.
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A subspecialty of radiology, nuclear medicine uses imaging tests to produce pictures of both the body's anatomy and functions. Sophisticated instruments detect energy given off by very small amounts of radioactive material given to the patient intravenously or by mouth. This is how the images are formed.
Nuclear medicine services at Fox Chase Cancer Center include both conventional nuclear medicine imaging and PET scanning with PET/CT fusion.
Fox Chase Cancer Center's ultrasound room offers a vast array of outpatient studies, including abdominal work and breast ultrasound. Fox Chase radiologists have expertise both in screening for and diagnosing cancer with ultrasound.