University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute | UCCI

Contact and Appointments: (513) 475-8500

Diagnostic Tests and Capabilities

UC Cancer Institute has the ability to diagnose any form of cancer with great accuracy. We offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests, such as biopsy, endoscopy, CT scan and MRI.

If you have signs and symptoms of cancer, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Ask your doctor to schedule you for a diagnostic test at one of our locations by calling our doctor referral service line at 513-475-UCMD or 1-877-475-UCMD.

Some of the most advanced tests we provide include:

  • 3-D Breast Imaging (Breast Tomosynthesis) – a revolutionary screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with traditional 2-D digital mammogram. During 3-D breast imaging, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images of breast tissue in one millimeter slices. 3-D breast imaging can help doctors find tumors that might have been missed by traditional 2-D mammography. The additional 3-D images also reduce the need for follow-up imaging.
  • Capsule Endoscopy – a test that is useful for diagnosing cancers of the small intestine which are difficult to reach with other forms of endoscopy. The test involves swallowing a capsule containing a light source and a tiny camera. As the capsule travels through the digestive system, it takes thousands of images that are downloaded to a computer for analysis.
  • Diffusion-Weighted Imaging (DWI) – a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that is used to diagnose prostate cancer. The images show if there is any restriction in the free movement (diffusion) of water within the prostate gland.
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancement (DCE) – an MRI technique that shows if a benign (non-cancerous) tumor is becoming malignant (cancerous).
  • Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy – a minimally invasive technique that uses electromagnetic technology and computed tomography (CT) scan to reach more areas of the lung for imaging and biopsy.
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided biopsy that is useful in detecting cancer in the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. During the procedure, which involves moderate sedation or general anesthesia, an endoscope containing an ultrasound processor and thin biopsy needle is guided down the trachea. No incisions are necessary.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – a minimally invasive test in which an ultrasound wand is inserted into the mouth or rectum on an endoscope. It is useful in imaging hard-to-reach tumors in the digestive tract.
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) – an imaging test that helps doctors locate the areas of the brain responsible for movement, perception and cognition. By pinpointing these areas, fMRI allows physicians to avoid and protect these areas during surgery.
  • Fusion-Guided Biopsy – a biopsy performed with the guidance an MRI image that is “fused” with real-time ultrasound images. It is proving useful in diagnosing prostate cancer with greater accuracy.
  • Genetic Expression Profiling – a test that utilizes patient DNA to more accurately classify a tumor.
  • Image-Guided Biopsy – a biopsy performed with the guidance of a CT scan, MRI, ultrasound or X-ray. It helps doctors locate abnormal tissue that is too small to be detected through the skin.
  • Magnetic Resonance (MR) Spectroscopy and Perfusion – a noninvasive diagnostic test performed to measure biochemical changes and blood flow in specific parts of the brain.
  • Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) – an imaging test that uses a gamma camera and a computer to find and create 3-D images of tumors.

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