Radiology services at UPMC CancerCenter utilize state-of-the-art imaging technologies to detect and help stage a variety of cancers. At the forefront of these technologies is the PET/CT scanner, which enables doctors to determine the precise location of a tumor by combining PET capability (to reveal subtle metabolic processes) with CT capability (to show high spatial resolution and precise anatomical details).
UPMC's PET Facility became home to the first PET/CT scanner in 1998 and has utilized the technology in more than 10,000 clinical cases to date. Head and neck cancer and melanoma patients have greatly benefited from this procedure.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has long been a top clinical priority at UPMC CancerCenter. Advanced MRI techniques are used to perform a number of clinical applications, such as:
- Detecting and characterizing liver tumors.
- Staging prostate cancer.
- Providing functional information, such as tumor activity.
- Producing very flexible tissue contrast that can be sensitive to neoplastic involvement.
MR spectroscopy reveals tumor response to therapy in the brain and has the potential to be applied to other areas of the body as well. In the arena of high field-strength MRI, both 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla research MRI systems are available in the MRI Research Center. The 3.0 Tesla MRI system, used primarily for neurological function studies, has the potential to help guide resection of lesions through brain activity mapping.
Radiology services at also involve the use of ultrasound to perform a variety of oncology imaging techniques. For example, ultrasound is used to detect and help stage a variety of pelvic malignancies, to further evaluate abnormalities in the breast that are found using mammography and to guide biopsies of abdominal and pelvic masses.
The Breast Cancer Program provides state-of-the-art breast imaging, including the use of full-field digital mammography, digital and analog computer aided diagnosis (CAD), dedicated breast MRI system and high resolution ultrasound. Additionally, it has capabilities in stereotactic and ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy. Magee is actively pursuing funded research in digital mammography, CAD and breast MRI.
Visit the UPMC Department of Radiology website for more information.