Diagnosing Gynecologic Cancer
At Dignity Health, we combine the latest diagnostic technology with the expertise of our physicians. Our goal is a precise and accurate diagnosis, so we can plan the most effective course of treatment.
Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis At St. Joseph's Cancer Institute
Your doctor will begin the diagnosis by performing a thorough physical examination and asking you about your symptoms and medical history. Be sure to be honest with your doctor about what you are experiencing. Your report of symptoms will be helpful in determining a diagnosis.
The specific diagnostic procedures your doctor will order may depend on the exact type of cancer.
Diagnostic Tests For Gynecological Cancer
Diagnostic procedures your doctor may order include:
We provide a wide range of advanced imaging technologies for detecting gynecologic cancers. Each type of scan uses a different technology, but they share the same goal: To provide your oncologist with a detailed view of the affected area. Imaging scans include:
Computed tomography (CT) scan. This is a powerful X-ray scan.
Positron emission tomography (PET) scan. PET scan uses a small amount of radioactive substance to look for evidence of cancer in the body.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. MRI uses strong magnetic waves to produce detailed images.
Ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound wave technology. The sound waves bounce off your internal structures to create an image. We may recommend a contrast-enhanced ultrasound, which can further highlight and define abnormalities.
During a biopsy, your doctor removes tissue sample from the affected area, sending it to a lab for analysis. A biopsy can offer a definitive diagnosis. An accurate analysis of the biopsy is crucial for determining the correct course of treatment for you.