Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnostics
Diagnostic testing with the latest technologies is vital for accurately identifying, staging and determining treatment for stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and other cancers of the gastrointestinal system. Our patients are evaluated with the most up-to-date cancer diagnostic services.
Some of the tests commonly used to diagnose gastrointestinal cancer include:
- blood tests, including complete blood count (CBC), bilirubin level and liver function
- stool test
- CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) scans
- abdominal ultrasound
- endoscopic ultrasound
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), to see inside body, relieve blockages with stents, take biopsies
- x-rays, including upper GI and small bowel series
- biopsy to examine tissue from affected area
Depending upon physical examination findings, symptoms or laboratory results, other tests also may be recommended.
Diagnostic testing using advanced technology for all types of cancer is available at all Abington Health locations, including Abington Memorial Hospital, Lansdale Hospital, Abington Health Center – Schilling Campus (in Willow Grove) and Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus. If a biopsy is indicated, our Pathology Department offers special expertise in analyzing test results.
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