Depending on what type of cancer is suspected, different diagnostic
tools will be used to make an accurate diagnosis. For example, a Pap
test can detect cervical cancer early, when treatment can be most
effective. There is also a test that screens for the HPV infection,
which has been linked to cervical cancer.
At Main Line Health, we offer:
Non-invasive imaging tools like computed tomography (CT)
scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, or
ultrasound are often used to detect if a solid mass is
present and has spread to other sites. At Main Line
Health, fellowship-trained radiologists who specialize
in gynecologic pathology evaluate all scans.
This procedure utilizes an instrument with a magnifying
lens and light to examine the cervix and vagina for
Biopsies involve removing a small sample of tissue to
examine microscopically and are often used to confirm
the presence of gynecological cancer. Our highly
experienced pathologists will evaluate biopsies promptly
and report their results to physicians within 24-hours.
For suspected endometrial cancer, the most common gynecological cancer,
a minimally invasive biopsy procedure involves inserting a flexible tube
into the uterus through the cervix in order to sample uterine tissue.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.