The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been hard at work behind the scenes researching and documenting the most common type of test and procedures that your child may have to undergo in an effort to help you better understand and take some stress off of you.
We have tried our level best to lay it all out in simple terms and provide as much information as possible, including videos where possible.
This page will introduce you to vital information regarding Imaging Tests that are normally done for Childhood Cancer.
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A CT (Computerised Tomography) scanner uses x-rays and a computer to make pictures of the inside of your body. It is similar to a plain x-ray however it takes lots of pictures of a section (cross sections) of your body instead of just one.
The child may be asked to drink a special liquid or be given a special x-ray dye by an injection to make the scan more effective.
The scanner has a round opening in the centre and a flat bed for the patient to lie on. While lying on the bed, it will slowly move into the opening where the pictures are taken. The movement is controlled by the CT staff.
The test uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors.
MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.
SPECT scans are similar to PET scans. They use a special camera to make 3-dimensional images of inside the body.
SPECT scans are effective for getting information about blood flow to tissues and chemical reactions in the body.
SPECT scans are often used for diagnosing and monitoring treatment for brain tumours and cancers affecting bones.
Health care professionals use it to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, and other organs.
An ultrasound scan can be also used to guide a surgeon during certain procedures.