A team of the best and most experienced oncologists anywhere in North Central Ohio has been assembled at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers. Yet these skilled professionals are only as good as the diagnostic information they have. Therefore, a big part of making the proper diagnosis is a modern radiology department.
Unique to Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers, our radiology department is located just down the hall. This is part of our commitment to patient care and convenience.
Radiology at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers consist of three tools:
CT scans have become an everyday part of most clinical settings, but what is CT Scanning? CT, or Computed Tomography, scans sometimes called CAT scans are non-invasive medical tests using X-rays that help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Literally steps away from a patients’ exam room, our CT scanner has been used to provide same-day diagnosis of tumors. This immediacy and quick attention to every medical detail is almost unheard of in modern medicine, but it is available now at our Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers - North Coast Care Sandusky campus.
PET scans are part of the everyday battery of diagnostic tools available to the physicians of Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers. What is a PET scan? Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional picture of cellular level activity in the body. In a modern scanner like the one at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers Sandusky campus, images are constructed with CT scans performed on the patient during the same session, in the same machine. All of this is done using an injected radioactive isotope of glucose (sugar) which cancer cells consume so fast they "glow" on the PET scan. These scans can therefore be used to find cancer in the body and to track over time the success in treating that cancer.
Digital, Flat Plate X-rays
Finally, standard X-rays have been around for nearly a century, but they remain a valuable diagnostic tool. This may be older technology, but it is still effective for use with searching for fractures, skeletal abnormalities or gross soft tissue problems.