Screening & Diagnosis
Often, cancer is first discovered through an imaging exam, like a CT scan or a mammogram. The radiologist interprets the images, and if an area of concern is identified, immediately notifies the referring healthcare provider and recommends additional testing or a biopsy. Midwest Radiology physicians perform many different kinds of diagnostic imaging exams and biopsies, at our clinics or at the hospitals we serve.
A specialized core group of oncology radiologists from Midwest Radiology works closely with oncologists, surgeons and other specialists on the cancer care team. By using imaging such as PET, MRI, or CT, the physicians work together to determine the response and best individualized treatment plans such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Interventional oncology procedures provide minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Image guidance is used in combination with advanced treatment innovations to treat cancerous tumors while minimizing injury to other body organs. Most patients having these procedures are outpatients or require a one night stay in the hospital.
Some of these therapies are regional, as when treating cancers involving areas of the liver. Others are local, as when treating focal lesions in the kidney, liver, lung and bone. In general, they are for patients whose cancer cannot be surgically removed or treated with chemotherapy and are frequently used in combination with other therapies.
PET/CT is utilized extensively for the diagnosis and follow-up care of many cancers. PET/CT is an important diagnostic tool because it shows cell activity and detailed structural anatomy. PET/CT gives a detailed picture of where a tumor is located and if it may be cancerous. PET/CT is also used to monitor the effectiveness of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.
Qualified, caring, honored, and committed ─ the best of Midwest Radiology. Our radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and have extensive training and expertise in medical imaging. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality imaging services to all patients and healthcare providers.