Diagnostics & Testing


Waterbury Hospital offers patients the latest imaging services for diagnosing cancer.

Digital mammography – a full-field digital mammography system, offering better imaging of breast tissue and better diagnosis. The LORAD Selenia system offers high accuracy in helping diagnose cancers in women over 50 and women with dense breasts.

Ultrasound – a screening breast ultrasound is offered for appropriately selected high risk patients. Waterbury Hospital offers full- needle biopsy capabilities for patients with abnormal ultrasounds. Intraoperative ultrasound is also used for some patients.

State-of-the-art CT scan - an 80 slice Toshiba Aquillion Prime offers increased scanning speed, enhanced image quality, three-dimensional images, and reduced radiation dose for patients. This means less time in the CT scan and an enhanced ability to identify small tumors.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - produces images of slices or planes from tissues and organs inside the body. An MRI scan is painless and does not expose patients to radiation, as an X ray does. The images produced are detailed and can be used to detect tiny changes of structures within the body, which are extremely valuable clues to physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients

Endorectal ultrasound - As part of our comprehensive colon and rectal cancer team, our fellowship-trained surgeon incorporates endorectal ultrasound into the care and evaluation of our patients. This advanced technique helps us individualize treatment by selecting patients who would benefit from chemotherapy and radiation therapy prior to surgery.

Nuclear imaging technology - nuclear imaging, including sentinel node lymphoscintigraphy, is part of our care for patients with breast cancer and melanoma.

P.E.T. scans – available through the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, these scans give doctors an early visualization of cancers and more accurately stage the disease.

If a biopsy procedure is necessary, our team offers expert services using the most advanced techniques including minimally invasive procedures and image- guided technology.