34 Maple St. Norwalk, CT 06856
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Diagnosis

Our cancer specialists have training and expertise in the use of advanced diagnostic techniques. We offer a variety of sophisticated gastrointestinal cancer diagnostic tests, such as: 

  • Colonoscopy:  To examine the colon and rectum for polyps, which are removed and then tested by a pathologist for the presence of cancer or pre-cancerous cells
  • CT scan: To visualize organs within the chest, abdomen or pelvis though cross-sectional imaging of the body using x-rays and a computer
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound(EUS): A specialized endoscope that incorporates a high-frequency ultrasound probe into a video endoscope, providing images of the both the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and the surrounding structures, particularly the pancreas, bile ducts and lymph nodes
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Spyglass Direct Visualization System: A type of technology that provides highly detailed images used during ERCP, helping to detect cancers without the need for a biopsy
  • MRI: A type of imaging that uses a powerful magnet to provide detailed images
  • PET/CT scan: A form of 3-D imaging that provides more definitive information about cancerous tumors and other lesions located throughout the body
  • Specific tumor markers: A biomarker found in the blood, urine, or body tissues that can be elevated in cancer, including CA-19-9 for pancreatic cancer and CEA for colon cancer
  • Upper endoscopy: A technology that allows examination of the esophagus and stomach, under anesthesia, using a tiny camera that is passed down the throat


Pathology

Our board certified pathologists and cytopathologists are specialists in the critical evaluation of and diagnosis of diseases. They work closely with the medical and surgical team in the diagnosis of cancer. Our accredited laboratory is committed to the latest and most trusted methods of testing to guarantee the accuracy and quality of each analysis for a cancer diagnosis in the shortest time possible.

GI Cancer Program