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Imaging and Diagnostics for Cancer Care

Crozer-Keystone Health System is committed to making the most advanced technologies available to patients. For cancer patients, this means our diagnostic and pathologic equipment and techniques can diagnose cancer at its earliest stages.

We are, for example, the first provider in Delaware County to obtain access to the PET/CT scanner, which combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) to accurately detect cancer and pinpoint its exact location in the body.

Other high-tech diagnostic tools we use include:

Endoscopic Ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool for patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and bile ducts.

Endoscopic ultrasound uses sound waves to examine the wall of the esophagus, stomach and intestine, as well as structures near the gastrointestinal tract. Ultrasound waves create pictures of wall layers along with adjacent organs, blood vessels and lymph nodes. Abnormalities can be sampled safely and easily.

Molecular Diagnostics and Precision Medicine

Crozer-Keystone has partnered with NeoGenomics Laboratories, a world leader in specialized oncology testing, to provide the most advanced molecular diagnostics and precision medicine for our cancer patients. With this relationship, our pathologists can perform tumor analysis completely within the health system, allowing faster turnaround times and improved coordination with our oncologists.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

A sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. A sentinel node biopsy can be used to determine the extent, or stage, of cancer in the body.

During a sentinel lymph node biopsy, a specially trained surgeon injects a radioactive substance and/or dye near the tumor. This helps your surgeon locate the sentinel node so that he or she can remove it. Then, the surgeon sends it to a lab for examination.

Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping

New studies are under way at Crozer-Keystone Health System and across the country that may limit breast surgery to removal of only the first lymph node—the sentinel lymph node. The sentinel lymph node may indicate the likelihood of breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been proven successful in the treatment of melanoma skin cancer. Preliminary results from national clinical trials with breast patients have produced exciting results, and the FDA may approve this procedure for breast cancer treatment.

Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Crozer-Keystone Health System offers minimally invasive biopsy procedures that involve a small incision in the skin, avoiding the need for an open surgical procedure and thus reducing recovery time. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis; they do not require surgery.

Other Imaging & Diagnostic Services

Crozer-Keystone is Delaware County's leading choice for comprehensive outpatient medical imaging services. You’ll find these tests and procedures available at Crozer-Keystone facilities:

  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Mammography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • PET/CT scans
  • Ultrasound
  • X-rays

Contact Us

The Crozer-Keystone Cancer Care team is ready to help. Call 1-866-695-HOPE (866-695-4673), or use our convenient online request form.