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Diagnostic Tools: Imaging Techniques


Imaging techniques produce pictures of what is going on inside your body without going into the body.

Imaging, by itself, is not a treatment but can help in making better decisions about treatments. The same imaging technique can help doctors find cancer, tell how far a cancer has spread, guide delivery of specific treatments, or find out if a treatment is working.

The following are common imaging techniques, each of which are described more fully in the linked-to articles:

Lessen the stress of waiting for test results

Uncertainty about when and how you will get test results can make the waiting even worse than it can be. Remove the uncertainty by asking the technician in charge of the test or your doctor about when the test results will be available and how you will get them. 

Consider tips for dealing with the stress of waiting for test results. For instance, keep yourself busy. For more information, click here.

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