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Imaging Tests for Cancer Care

Everyone on your imaging care team is dedicated to providing you with a safe, comfortable experience that produces accurate results. An Imaging Center is located in the Medical Sciences Pavilion on the Community Campus.

When there’s a question about what’s happening inside your body, the radiologists, nurses and radiology technologists who work with PinnacleHealth Cancer Center use the most powerful imaging tools available to quickly get the answers. With careful attention to your comfort and concerns, they scan and interpret precise images to help your caregivers diagnose, stage, treat and monitor your condition.

The Imaging Center at the Medical Sciences Pavilion

No matter what the question, we have a device to help find the answer. Our entire complement of imaging tools for cancer care are conveniently located within the Medical Sciences Pavilion on PinnacleHealth’s Community Campus with a private area dedicated to women’s imaging services.

We use the most up-to-date, innovative imaging technology including:

  • 1.5 T MRI, Discovery PET/CT 600, Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) Ultrasound and Diagnostic X-ray
  • Digital-mammography, 3-D mammography, stereotactic biopsy and DXA (bone density)
  • Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) allows your doctor to view your images almost instantly from anywhere

Specialists in Radiology

Our board certified radiologists are on site to oversee scans and quickly interpret your results. They have diverse areas of specialty and are highly skilled and experienced in reading all imaging procedures related to cancer care. Our radiologic technologists are all board certified, and many have advanced certifications for their areas of specialty.

Your Experience at the Imaging Center

We try to minimize waiting and anxiety about your diagnosis by quickly scheduling your imaging exam. Centralized Scheduling for all PinnacleHealth Imaging Services that require appointments is available by calling (717) 230-3700 or toll-free 1-866-455-9729.

Meeting your physical, mental and emotional needs is important to us. We take time to listen and assure your comfort. On your exam day, a radiologic technologist will greet you and explain the purpose of your test, how it works and how long it will take. The technologist will also answer your questions and make sure you are comfortable throughout your imaging test. Results are typically provided to your doctor within 24 hours.

Imaging Technology for Cancer Care

We tailor your imaging study to provide the information your care teams needs. Our first floor Imaging Center includes:

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)— We use the Discovery PET/CT 600 which combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) to provide the highest sensitivity in the industry enabling physicians to detect disease at an earlier stage. It’s a faster exam with potentially less radiation exposure. The motion free platform of the Discovery PET/CT allows your doctor to see areas typically affected by movement due to breathing and the beating heart.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)We have two MRI systems on site including the high strength 1.5 T MRI. MRI uses radiofrequencies in a large magnet with sophisticated computer software to produce cross-sectional images of structures within your body. This system is specially equipped for breast MRI, MRI guided needle localizations and MRI-guided biopsy of the breast as well.

Computed Tomography (CT)– Sometimes called a CAT scan, our CT combines intricate computer software with X-ray technology to create cross-sectional images of the body to view internal organs and bony structures. This unit is a 16 slice GE used with the PET as well.

Interventional radiology and nuclear medicine are available in Community General Hospital, adjacent to the Medical Sciences Pavilion.