At Sunway Medical Centre, we use a variety of tests and procedures to diagnose cancer. The types of tests depend on your age, the type and stage of your disease and the results of previous tests. Patients may need to undergo one or a series of tests (investigations) to determine the right treatment.
Computed tomography (CT) Scan
CT is a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images. CT scanning is often the best method for detecting many different cancers since the images allow your doctor to confirm the presence of a tumor and determine its size and location. It can monitor changes in tumor size and assess patient response to cancer therapy as well.
General X-ray uses low dose x-rays to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. An X-ray may detect a tumor in an organ such as the lung, and diagnosed fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI Scan)
MRI is non-invasive test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency and a computer to obtain cross-sectional images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. It is used to evaluate for a variety of conditions, including tumor.
Digital Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early—before women experience symptoms.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive method of obtaining images of organs and tissues of the body using sound waves. It is also very useful to provide imaging guidance to needle biopsies or to see and evaluate conditions related to blood flow.
A fluoroscopy is an imaging procedure in which a continuous, real-time X-ray image is projected onto a monitor. Fluoroscopy is commonly used to examine the gastrointestinal tract if a gastrointestinal cancer is suspected, and guide the placement of a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) for chemotherapy.
With improved health care policies and the availability of medical equipment, diagnosing cancer is increasingly possible. Early diagnosis helps the team treat and manage the cancer better and at Sunway Medical Centre, we have effective, safe and high-quality imaging equipment coupled with expertise personnel to serve you. Diagnostic imaging is important for crucial decision-making and can reduce unnecessary procedures (where possible).