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The Center for Cancer Care is just one facet of the comprehensive care provided by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the CPH home page.

What is imaging, and why should you care about it?

So what exactly is imaging? It’s MRIs, CAT scans, PET scans, mammograms, and other scans that allow doctors to see what’s going on inside your body. Just ask any of your care providers at Canton Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care: imaging is key to diagnosis cancer, and it’s one area of medicine where having the latest-and-greatest technology really matters.

Advanced imaging machines take the most accurate pictures, allowing doctors to more accurately discern the extent and location of a disease, tumor size, as well as any other coexisting diseases.

They conduct cutting-edge procedures like interventional radiology (a minimally invasive, image guided treatment) and nuclear medicine (using small amounts or radioactive medicine to diagnose and treat disease). Both interventional radiology and nuclear medicine are available at CPH.

They protect patients from exposure to extra radiation. Imaging does involve some exposure to radiation, and advances in radiation technology have made the amount lower and the procedure safer. CPH’s medical physicists ensure that patients are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation required to generate high-quality images, no more.

It makes the experience easier for patients. Older imaging machines can be super uncomfortable if you’re claustrophobic or have a larger body.  Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s advanced imaging machines are designed to comfortably accommodate all patients.