Tests you may have
You will have several blood tests throughout your treatment. These blood tests check if you are healthy enough to continue with your chemotherapy. They also let a doctor know if you need a smaller dose or if treatment should be delayed.
Where is the Blood Lab?
- The blood lab is located on the third floor in the Shuter Wing.
You may be asked to have different types of imaging done prior to treatment or throughout your treatment. Your doctor will tell you why you are having these imaging tests done and what to expect.
Different tests include MRIs, ultrasounds, x-rays, CT/CAT scans, MUGA scans and bone scans.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a test that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. It uses a powerful magnet, radio frequency pulses, and a computer. These create detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and all other body structures.
Where is the MRI Department?
- The MRI department is located on level B2 (basement), in the Cardinal Carter wing.
Ultrasound is a test to diagnose illness and view structures inside your body. A gel made with water is put on your skin, and then a wand is moved over the gel and skin. The wand sends sound waves of high frequency into the body. A picture is made when the waves bounce back to the wand.
An x-ray is a quick, painless test that creates pictures of bones.
CT (computerized tomography) / CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan
The CT scan is an x-ray test in which a computer creates cross-section pictures (slices) of your body. It can identify normal and abnormal structures, and it can be used to guide procedures.
Where is the Imaging Department?
- X-rays, ultrasound, or other imaging procedures are on the 3rd floor, Cardinal Carter Wing.
MUGA (Multi Gated Acquisition) scan
A MUGA scan is a nuclear medicine test used to evaluate the function of the right and left chambers of the heart. This allows doctors to provide treatment if there are problems to the heart.
A bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease. Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained bone pain, bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard x-ray.