Sophisticated technology and qualified staff improve the accuracy with which our physicians can diagnose cancer and enable them to find cancers earlier, in their most treatable stages. Our highly skilled, board-certified radiologists and technologists use the most advanced imaging technology and equipment available to detect even the most microscopic of tumors. And our board-certified pathologists work closely with surgeons during the biopsy to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. This collaborative approach is part of the team concept at the Bryn Mawr Hospital Cancer Center and allows patients to get accurate diagnoses as quickly as possible.
Diagnostic Imaging Services
Aiding in our ability to spot and identify cancers at their earliest stages are some of the most advanced radiological and imaging technologies available. The Bryn Mawr Hospital Cancer Center utilizes the talents and tools of Main Line Health Imaging, featuring some of the top radiology specialists in the region.
The Main Line Health team of radiologists and technologists perform a full range of radiology services at Bryn Mawr Hospital and at conveniently located outpatient imaging centers. All locations are connected through a high-speed network that allows us to share high-resolution images and patient information throughout our entire healthcare system, consult with other specialists and deliver prompt, accurate diagnoses.
Our broad range of diagnostic imaging capabilities include:
Mammography and Biopsy
Bryn Mawr Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center offers patients a coordinated approach to breast care and brings together the latest cancer-detection technology, including digital mammography and minimally invasive biopsy procedures. If necessary, a breast health nurse coordinator ensures that each woman is referred to the appropriate specialists and programs in a timely manner. Dedicated radiologists, surgeons and other breast specialists work together to offer women a unique resource for their breast health needs. more
Positron-emission tomography (PET) is a revolutionary imaging system that provides physicians with critical diagnostic information about the metabolic activity within the body to aid in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
Bryn Mawr offers the most advanced equipment available, such as the GE 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, providing radiologists with highly detailed views and assisting in the early detection of lung and other cancers. CT and PET studies can be digitally fused online from any Main Line Health facility.
Main Line Health offers both 1.5-tesla and the more advanced 3-tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We were one of the first hospital systems in the region to offer 3T breast MRI to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning for breast cancer. Our 3T system offers MR spectroscopy, which helps doctors more specifically characterize cancers, differentiating them from other diseases.
High-resolution ultrasound provides superior visual detail for a more accurate and complete analysis of abnormalities.
Pathology is the study of disease. A pathologist, who is a medical doctor, looks at the causes of disease, how disease progresses, and how disease affects the body. However, instead of examining the patient physically, a pathologist examines body fluids and tissue samples from that patient to help the primary physician make a diagnosis. Bryn Mawr Hospital's Pathology Department is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and employs state-of-the-art advanced technology that is often only seen in a university setting. Pathology techniques relating to cancer diagnosis include:
In our immunohistochemistry lab, pathologists can perform special stains to evaluate different types of tumors. This includes the ability to perform prognosticators (for example, ER, PR and HER-2) to accurately assess different types of breast cancers and influence treatment options.
Four-Color Flow Cytometry
Four-color flow cytometry aids in the diagnosis of leukemia and lymphoma. Cytometric studies are performed on-site, allowing an accurate and precise diagnosis within 24 hours.
Our pathologists use electron microscopy to evaluate the cells of many types of cancers.
The pathologists in our cytology lab assess cells from fine-needle aspirations of the breast and other body sites. Cytologic studies are performed on-site to provide rapid results.
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Bryn Mawr Hospital
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