If your provider would like to further investigate the possibility of colorectal cancer, one or more of the following diagnostic procedures may be performed.
Using a scope with a camera during a procedure called a colonoscopy, your physician will remove abnormal tissue and/or polyps to be analyzed under a microscope to determine if the tissue is cancerous.
By analyzing a sample of your blood, our physicians can check your red and white blood cells and your platelet count.
CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN ASSAY (CEA)
This specific type of blood test measures the level of CEA in your blood to see if there is a higher amount than normal, which can be an indicator of cancer.
COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)
A donut-shaped piece of equipment uses low dose radiation, either with or without a contrast fluid to detect abnormalities. in the colon and rectum.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
Provides detailed images of the colorectal region using magnetic fields to identify any abnormalities that may be cancer.
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY (PET)
A radioactive substance is injected into your bloodstream to collect in cancerous cells and identify the exact location of your cancer.