When imaging detects a region of interest or suspicion, it can also be used to direct selective biopsies to obtain very small tissue samples for further laboratory analysis (pathology). The use of imaging together with pathology gives the most accurate information about the size, location and aggressiveness of any cancer thus identified.
Tumors of the thyroid gland are common and difficult to diagnose by palpation. Sonography is the currently approved modality to find and follow suspicious nodules. Areas that have calcium deposits (visibility on sonogram means x-ray may be avoided) are most suspect and biopsy is often performed under ultrasound guidance. Additionally, parathyroid masses may be discovered that are a serious cause of bone loss in women and kidney stones in men. Spread to regional lymph nodes (gland) locally are detectable and can be accurately biopsied using the image guide on the probe.
The Bard Cancer Center is founded on the commitment to explore and implement the latest diagnostic technologies as a means of building the proper treatment strategy of many types of cancers. We also specialize in the PREVENTION solutions for our patients who strive to maintain a health-conscious lifestyle as well as those who are at increased risk of certain diseases by confirming that their efforts to prevent disease are working.