Diagnostic Radiology - Services Offered

Diagnostic Radiology Department Services Include:

  • Routine radiographic (x-ray) examinations
  • GI fluoroscopic studies
  • Breast Imaging (mammograms, ultrasound, MRI)
  • CT scans
  • MR Scans
  • Ultrasound studies
  • Interventional/Angiographic studies

Radiology procedures performed at Roswell Park, that apply exclusively to (or almost exclusively to) cancer patients:

  • Intraoperative ultrasound of the liver — critical for evaluating the liver prior to resection or therapy, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, and guided ablation via alcohol injection.
  • Imaging-guided biopsies of lesions.
  • Use of on-site real-time cytology, as we biopsy, to assure adequate sampling and sample processing
  • Securing central venous access i.e. inserting Mediports and large-bore or multi-bore central venous lines) in the angiography suite, under fluoroscopic guidance, with conscious sedation, rather than in the operating room
  • MR Spectroscopy of the brain is able to differentiate between radiation change and recurrent tumor.
  • Total body tumor localization studies with radiolabeled antibodies or gallium-67 require multiple-day total body scans.
  • Total body radioiodine scanning and therapy of metastatic thyroid cancer, Nuclear Medicine Department, now incorporates dosimetric profiling, to maximize the effect of I-131 administration. This dosimetry is unique to Roswell Park and involves daily visits to the department over a one-week period. Daily blood samples and probe measurements are obtained to assess whole-body retention of radioiodine and radiation exposure to the bone marrow, along with serial imaging at 24 and 72 hours. This process is more accurate but very time-consuming.
  • Screening and diagnostic mammograms
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast ultrasound core biopsy
  • Mammogram-guided core breast biopsy
  • Lymphoangioscintigraphy (melanoma, sentinel node localization)
  • Lymphoangioscintigraphy (breast, sentinel node localization)
  • Colorectal Cancer Study (CEA-scan)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Study (radiolabeled somatostain receptor)
  • Prostate Cancer Study (radiolabeled Prostascint)
  • Tumor Viability Study (radiolabeled Sestamibi)
  • Peritoneal Ovarian Cancer Therapy (P-32 solution)