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Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

Women with early cervical cancer and pre-cancers typically show no symptoms, which is why cervical cancer screening is key. If cervical cancer is suspected, either due to an abnormal Pap test result or from symptoms like abnormal vaginal bleeding or pain during sex, your doctor will suggest further testing to confirm or deny diagnosis. 

These tests include:

  • Colposcopy (with cervical biopsy) – to find out if an abnormal area on the surface of the cervix is a pre-cancer, true cancer, or neither. 
  • Endocervical curettage – If the abnormal area cannot be seen with the colposcope, an instrument will scrape the inside of the endocervical canal (part of the cervix closest to the uterus) to check for cancer cells. 
  • Cone biopsy – allows your doctor to obtain deeper layers of cervical cells for examination. This can sometimes completely remove pre-cancers.

If the above shows that cancer is present, further imaging tests may be ordered to determine the stage of cervical cancer (where it has spread):

  • X-ray – To see if the cancer has spread to your lungs, a chest x-ray will be ordered. Note: This would make it a stage IV cancer, the most advanced stage.
  • CT scan – To see the size of the tumor and if it has spread.  
  • MRI – To see if the cancer has spread, your doctor will determine if this is the better imaging test for your situation.
  • PET scan – To see if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

We encourage you to use our website as a resource to learn more about the imaging procedures we offer at Medical Arts Radiology as a way to improve your awareness of disease detection options. 

Medical Arts Radiology offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging services including X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET/CT, nuclear medicine, women's imaging, and minimally-invasive needle biopsy. A team of experienced, board-certified and subspecialty trained radiologists, skilled technologists and caring professional staff ensure the best possible patient care experience. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology with nine convenient locations across Long Island. Visit us on the web to learn more.

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