Your best chance of beating cancer comes through early detection and accurate diagnosis. CentraState offers advanced diagnostic technologies provided by an experienced team of radiology, laboratory, pathology and oncology experts.
There is no single test that can accurately diagnose cancer. It requires the complete evaluation of a patient. This includes a thorough history and physical examination along with detailed diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing is a critical component of the evaluation because it pinpoints the tumor type, origin, stage, location and size—providing the cancer team with the data they need to create a customized treatment plan.
Effective diagnostic testing is not only used to confirm or eliminate the presence of disease, it is also used to monitor the disease, and plan for and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.
Our MRI and CT scanners are the most technologically advanced in the industry, and designed to give you the utmost comfort. They provide physicians with the most precise images available.
At the Star & Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center, digital and 3D mammography is used to help detect changes in the breast such as calcifications or masses that may be early signs of breast cancer.
Laboratory & Pathology Services
Blood test and biopsy analysis
If it is suspected that cancer might be present, your doctor may order specific cancer blood and urine tests, and/or a biopsy of the area of concern to help develop a diagnosis.
With most cancers, a biopsy—a procedure to obtain a sample of suspicious cells for testing—is usually needed to make a concrete diagnosis.
During treatment, your cancer team may order additional tests to see if your cancer is responding to treatment or whether it is growing.
Accurate, fast results
When it comes to diagnosing cancer, accuracy and quick turn-around are critically important. That’s why more than one pathologist always reviews samples at CentraState and, in complicated cases, other experts are called in for additional input. The majority of tumor cases are reported within 24 hours. Pathologists and/or highly trained cytotechnologists are present during tests using fine needle aspirations so that the adequacy of a specimen can be immediately assessed during the procedure to prevent repeat biopsies.
The Laboratory and Pathology Team
At CentraState, the Pathology Department is staffed by board-certified anatomical and clinical pathologists. With our affiliation with the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, our team has grown to include pathologists with certifications and advanced training in several sub-specialties, including breast, gynecologic and dermatologic pathology. The team also includes certified medical technologists, medical technicians, histotechnicians, and phlebotomists.
The Lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), AABB (formerly called the American Association of Blood Banks), New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA 88)
An endoscope is a small, flexible tube with a light and a lens on the end that allows physicians to look into the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon or rectum. When cancer is suspected, an endoscope can be used to take color photographs of the inside of the body or used to take tissue samples.
The Ultrasound Department at CentraState has been awarded accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR)—a national standards-setting organization—for its general, gynecological, obstetrical and vascular ultrasound services. CentraState is one of only a few area facilities to earn ACR accreditation for its breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.