Doctor with MRI machine

The first step in your cancer journey is diagnosis, and it’s important to ensure that diagnosis is as quick and accurate as possible.


Step One: Radiology

Radiological images are critical to cancer diagnosis, such as mammograms or CT scans that may find suspicious spots. Doctors trained in reading these images, called radiologists, are an important part of the process at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute.


Step Two: Biopsy

When a routine screening or a doctor’s physical exam has found an area of concern, the next step is usually a biopsy. A biopsy is a sample of the tissue your doctor suspects may be cancerous; one of our highly trained pathologists right here on Delmarva will look at the tissue under a microscope and examine it to find out whether the cells are cancerous or not.

There are many types of biopsies; they may be performed by a surgeon or other specialist. In the case of a colonoscopy, the biopsy may be performed at the same time as the screening if your gastroenterologist sees a growth that should be examined. Needle biopsies, which are used to get a sample of tissue from inside your body, will be performed using CT scans or ultrasounds at the same time, so doctors can make sure they are sampling the right spot.

These procedures may be available at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, at Peninsula Imaging or at Peninsula Breast Center, depending on the type of procedure you need. 

Some of the procedures that we offer to diagnose and stage cancer include:

CT Scan
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body.

Spiral CT Scan
A Spiral CT scan creates more detailed pictures and may be better at finding small abnormal areas inside the body. It may be used to help diagnose disease, plan treatment, or find out how well treatment is working.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures that are inside the body.

Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to develop ultrasound images of what’s going on inside the body. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound, inaudible to human ears, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape and consistency of soft tissues and organs.

A Bronchoscopy allows a doctor to view a patient’s throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways and remove small samples of tissue if necessary.

Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
In Fine Needle Aspiration, a type of biopsy procedure, a thin needle is inserted into an area of abnormal appearing tissue or body fluid. As with other types of biopsies, the sample collected during fine needle aspiration can help make a diagnosis or rule out conditions such as cancer.

Mediastinoscopy is surgery to look at the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs.

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy is a bronchoscopic technique that promises accurate navigation to peripheral pulmonary target lesions, using technology similar to a GPS.

Stereotactic (Non-Surgical) Breast Biopsies
In Stereotactic Breast Biopsies, doctors use X-ray to guide a needle to the biopsy site to remove samples of breast tissue.

Ultrasound Guided (Non-Surgical) Breast Biopsies
During an Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy a needle is placed into the breast tissue and ultrasound helps confirm the exact location of the potential trouble spot so the needle is placed correctly. Tissue samples are then taken through the needle.

Sentinel Node Location For Biopsy
A Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is a surgery that removes lymph node tissue to look for cancer and determine if a known cancer has spread its original site.

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