Colorectal Cancer Advanced Diagnostics and Imaging
The following describes advanced methods for evaluating a patient’s colorectal cancer. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
If the presence of colorectal cancer is suspected, the next step is to determine the nature of the cancerous cells or tumors and to pinpoint the degree to which the cancer has spread.
The oncologists at Hurley Medical Center work closely with the hospital’s pathologists to conduct tissue biopsies and other tests to determine the specific type of cancer cells or tumors found in the colon or rectum. We use a range of advanced immunohistochemistry tools, special stains and other technologies to evaluate gastrointestinal tract biopsy samples and to provide patients and physicians with an accurate and timely diagnosis. Together, our primary goal is to ensure patient safety and enable the most effective diagnostic and treatment planning.
Hurley Medical Center is home to the region’s most sophisticated radiologic imaging technology and diagnostic systems. These imaging tools enable non-invasive and painless testing procedures that further improve a patient's diagnosis.
Computed tomography (CT) scan: CT imaging uses leading-edge x-ray equipment together with powerful computers to produce a series of cross-sectional images or pictures of structures and tissues inside the body. CT scanning provides highly detailed views quickly and reliably, and enables physicians to gain a better picture of the internal condition of the chest, abdomen, pelvis and other areas of the body.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan: MRI uses powerful magnets to produce high-resolution images of organs, tissues and the skeletal system that help diagnose a variety of problems and may be used to detect tumors or abnormalities. Hurley Medical Center has recently installed the first Optima MR450w magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system from GE Healthcare at a Genesee County hospital. This new technology further improves our diagnostic capabilities, provides a more comfortable experience for our patients, and means that patients and their families do not need to travel to another facility to benefit from this advanced imaging system.
Positron emission tomography (PET) scan: A PET scan detects and documents chemical activity in certain areas of the body, which may help detect abnormalities in these organs or systems. PET scans can help determine the spread of certain cancers, evaluate the cancer’s response to treatment, and detect the recurrence of cancer.
X-ray: X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs on film or as computerized images. X-rays can be used to help detect a tumor or cancerous tissues in many areas of the body.