Working as a team, our caring experts use the most advanced diagnostic
tools and therapies available to treat cancer and to preserve healthy tissue:
Advanced Imaging & Diagnostics
Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, is a noninvasive way of taking pictures
inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound is safe and painless,
showing internal organs and blood vessels in real time; this helps your
doctor to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT Scan (64-slice Computed Tomography)
A CT Scan is a combination of X-rays taken at different angles, allowing
for more detailed cross-section views of internal tissues, bones and blood
vessels. These high-resolution images can help doctors find small defects,
like tumors, that are not picked up by a plain X-ray.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a test that uses a magnetic field
and radio waves to take pictures inside the body. Often, an MRI can provide
information about structures and conditions that can’t be seen using
X-ray, ultrasound or CT scans.
PET/CT (all-in-one full body scan)
Positron emission tomography, or a PET scan, is a form of imaging that
uses small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat
organs and tissues. By pinpointing changes at the cellular level, PET
scans can detect cancers, heart disease and other abnormalities before
they show up on other tests.
Mammography is the most common type of breast imaging currently in use.
A mammogram test is a critical part of early detection and diagnosis of
breast diseases in women.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure where your doctor will remove
a small piece of tissue that looks abnormal, such as a suspicious mass
or structural distortions, on a patient’s mammogram or ultrasound.
Chemotherapy refers to the use of medications and drugs to treat cancer.
Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells,
which multiply quickly. Chemotherapy may cause side effects as a result
of damage to healthy cells.*
*In addition to chemotherapy we also offer targeted therapies and immunotherapies.
Nuclear medicine refers to the branch of medical imaging that utilizes
radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including
cancers, heart disease and endocrine disorders. These radioactive materials
can be injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed, and have proven
valuable in identifying disease in its earliest stages.
A linear accelerator is the device most commonly used for external cancer
radiation treatments. The linear accelerator actually customizes high-energy
X-rays to conform to the shape of a patient's tumor, which helps to minimize
exposure to surrounding tissues.
IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
With IMRT, an advanced mode of radiotherapy, computer-controlled linear
accelerators are modulated to more precisely deliver specific radiation
doses to a tumor. IMRT utilizes CT and MRI imagery to conform more exactly
to the 3-D shape of the tumor, while avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure
to healthy tissues.
Vascular Interventional Procedures
Vascular interventional procedures, or interventional radiology (IR),
is a sub-specialty of radiology that offers image-guided procedures which
are least-invasive, as well as non-invasive diagnostic imaging. These
procedures entail less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared
to open surgery and other invasive procedures.
Prostate Seed Implant
A prostate seed implant, or prostate brachytherapy, is a form of radiation
treatment for prostate cancer that involves placement of a radioactive
“seed” in the patient. Many prefer this targeted option over
conventional recurring radiation treatments, and it has been found to
be very effective.
Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy that seeks to treat certain
cancers in a targeted way, while also reducing side effects. In this procedure,
radioactive “seeds” are placed in the body at or near the
tumor itself, giving it a high dose of radiation while reducing exposure
in surrounding healthy tissues.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
High dose rate brachytherapy refers to a procedure where catheters are
used to implant radioactive pellets directly into a tumor, offering a
more intensive, faster form treatment for certain cancers.
When lymph nodes are removed or damaged as a result of cancer treatment,
lymphedema (swelling of arms or legs) can occur. While lymphedema is incurable,
it can be managed with early diagnosis and lymphedema treatment, guided
by your doctor.
St. Joseph Health Medical Group offers physical rehabilitation, which
is a very important part of your cancer follow-up and maintenance plan.
Your doctor will work with you to assess the types and frequency of rehab
that will ensure the best possible post-procedure physical mobility and
Our laboratories play a crucial role in our delivery of quality patient
care. The outpatient laboratories operated by St. Joseph Health Medical
Group can process many of the medical tests ordered by your doctor on-site,
so you and your doctor can get the results quickly and make decisions
regarding diagnosis and treatment.