Published on October 14, 2013

With technology, Mercy Fitzgerald detects cancer earlier and faster

New imaging technology shows in-depth details inside the body.

It’s well known that a regular mammogram is the best screening for breast cancer. And that’s why Mercy Fitzgerald offers the most up-to-date mammography equipment.

“Regular screening mammography helps detect cancers earlier when it is more treatable,” says Caroline Ho, MD, Mercy Fitzgerald’s director of breast imaging. “Computer-aided detection gives us an additional, enhanced way to check for abnormalities.”

And getting screened is a snap: “The appointment takes less than an hour,” she points out.

But Mercy Fitzgerald is also offering something new: CT scanning for lung and colon cancer screenings. CT scanning is proving to be an incredibly useful tool in detecting lung and colon cancer in its earliest stages.

“CT screening for lung cancer is relatively new,” explains Oleg Teytelboym, MD, a cancer imaging specialist at Mercy Fitzgerald. “Research has shown advantages over X-ray screening, which tends to find lung cancer when it’s far advanced.”

A CT scanner works by emitting narrow radiation beams through the body in an arc, unlike an X-ray, which sends just one single beam. As a result, the final picture is far more detailed than an X-ray.

Virtual colonoscopy uses CT scanning to check for polyps in a non-invasive way.

“It is a good option for frail patients or those who have trouble with conventional colonoscopy,” Dr. Teytelboym says.