Miami Cancer Institute’s diagnostic team is comprised of physicians across many medical specialties, including radiologists, pathologists and geneticists. They employ advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic tests and procedures to diagnose cancer and identify the tumor type, location, extent and stage. A thorough and accurate diagnosis is the first step in developing a personalized cancer treatment plan.
Common diagnostic tests include:
Laboratory tests examine the presence of certain substances in your blood or urine.
Imaging Tests, such as CT scan, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, PET scan and nuclear medicine scan, enable radiologists to examine suspicious areas by producing highly detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
Endoscopy enables physicians to view areas inside the body via a tiny camera on the end of a flexible plastic tube that is inserted into body cavities and organs.
Genetic tests use a patient’s blood sample to look for genetic mutations that may lead to an increased risk for some cancers. After a medical and family history review, a genetic counselor will discuss whether genetic testing is right for you.