Cancer Institute

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Tests & Diagnosis

Our progressive and sophisticated diagnostic tools help to ensure that you receive an accurate and timely diagnosis.

Our tests include:

Blood test is a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample.

Molecular biologic testing detects mutations in DNA or RNA that are associated with
blood cancers.

Bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy is a procedure that involves taking a small amount of bone marrow fluid and/or solid bone marrow tissue, typically from your hip bones, to be examined for the number, size and maturity of blood cells and/or abnormal cells.

Spinal tap/lumbar puncture is when a thin, hollow needle is placed into your lower back, into the spinal canal. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid is removed and examined for leukemia cells or other problems.

Lymph node biopsy involves removing a small piece of tissue from a lymph node for examination under a microscope to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of your body. A CT scan is more detailed than general X-rays and shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of organs and structures within your body.

Positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a test where a radioactive-tagged glucose (sugar) is injected into your bloodstream and then a scanner takes images of your body. Tissues that use the glucose more than most normal tissues (such as tumors) can be detected by the scanning machine and will show up on the images.


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