A diagnostic imaging study is a non-invasive way to look inside the body to assist your physician with making a medical diagnosis. Various imaging machines create pictures of structures and activities occurring in your body. South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA) performs on-site diagnostic imaging as a convenience for our patients. SCOA’s on-site facility is the area leader in diagnostic imaging.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded the SCOA imaging center full accreditation in computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET).
The ACR only awards accreditation to those facilities that demonstrate the highest practice standards. To earn ACR accreditation, a facility must undergo a rigorous peer-review evaluation of its practice. This means board-certified radiologists and medical physicists have reviewed our personnel qualifications, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs, and adequacy of facility equipment, and found that our facility provides the highest level of quality care.
In addition to CT and PET imaging, we offer a digital radiography suite, where the equipment uses digital X-ray sensors rather than traditional photographic film. This digital imaging technology is more efficient than traditional X-rays because it provides better image quality versus conventional x-ray. Digital radiography also allows us to use less radiation dose per image, and the ability to send the image(s) to your doctors via a computer which allows for faster results.
SCOA also offers bone densitometry, also known as bone density scanning. Bone densitometry is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that measures the density of your bones and helps your doctor determine if you have bone loss. Both bone density scanning and digital imaging provide important information about the health of your skeleton, which can help you and your doctor make decisions about your treatment.
Because SCOA has a full suite of diagnostic imaging technology on site, we can provide imaging results to patients faster than facilities without this technology. Shortening the time between capturing the image and providing results allows our doctors to start treatments earlier, when the condition may be more responsive to therapy.
SCOA has provided exceptional cancer care in Columbia for more than 40 years. Today, it remains the only comprehensive cancer treatment center in South Carolina that provides medical, radiation and gynecological oncology plus important patient support services like diagnostic radiology — all under one roof.