- What are imaging tests?
- Who does imaging tests and who interprets them?
- Types of imaging tests
- Computed tomography scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Radiographic studies (regular x-rays and contrast studies)
- Nuclear scans
- Categories of some common imaging tests
- General questions and comments on radiation risk
- Factors that determine which imaging tests are used in different types of cancer
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our Web site, www.cancer.org.
Endoscopy (also in Spanish)
Mammograms and Other Breast Imaging Procedures (also in Spanish)
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Toll-free number: 1-800-227-5463
Web site: www.acr.org
Has information on radiology procedures, radiation safety, FAQs, and a radiology glossary; also has a list of accredited facilities that can be searched by location and test type
This Web site was developed for patients by the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. It has a wide variety of information on imaging tests, including details and pictures on specific tests, specific information for people with cancer, and a printable medical imaging record that can be found in the “Patient Safety” section.
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Imaging Program
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237
Telephone for imaging program: 301-496-9531
Web site: http://imaging.cancer.gov
For details and sample images on various imaging studies used in cancer care.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Toll-free number: 1-888-463-6332
Web site: www.fda.gov
Has patient and family information on “Radiation-Emitting Products” on their Web site at www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/ResourcesforYouRadiationEmittingProducts/default.htm
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 01/11/2013
Last Revised: 08/09/2013