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Radiology Services

Suburban Hospital's Radiology Department provides a complete range of diagnostic and interventional services, including general X-rays, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), angiography and coronary CT angiography. The facility is equipped with the most advanced imaging equipment and technology available, including fully digital images through the use of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). PACS gives physicians the ability to review images from anywhere by using the Internet with a secured VPN access. The department also houses the NIH-Suburban MRI Center, a joint program of Suburban Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, which is designed to study the use of MRI in diagnosing heart attack and stroke.

GCM − Suburban Imaging

With the most modern technology, our physicians are able to better diagnose and treat cancer. Radiologists at the renowned Groover, Christie and Merritt Radiology offer:

  • Digital mammography using computer-aided diagnosis (CAD)
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast ultrasound
  • PET/CT scans
  • Stereotactic core biopsies
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsies
  • MRI-guided biopsies

Genetic Counseling and Cancer Risk Assessment

Some individuals — due to family history or factors such as abnormal biopsy results — may be at an increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Here are several risk factors to consider. Please note: These risk factors are only guidelines. Your individual risk may depend on other factors.

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Personal or family history of ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman
  • Personal or family history of male breast cancer
  • Breast and/or ovarian cancer in multiple generations
  • Membership in a population known to carry a founder mutation (such as the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Personal history of an abnormal breast biopsy (atypical hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia, for example)

If you have one or more of these factors, you may wish to make an appointment for a cancer risk assessment. Suburban Hospital’s Risk Assessment team is available to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, call Judy Macon at 301-896-2445.

Nutritional Counseling

Adequate nutrition is a concern for many cancer patients. Our oncology dietitian is available to meet with you one on one to help you learn to eat better and feel more comfortable throughout your cancer treatment. The oncology dietitian is available for the following:

  • Eating through cancer treatments
  • Assuring diet adequacy and weight maintenance
  • Dietary supplement evaluation
  • What to eat after cancer therapy
  • Other food related issues that might be of concern

Any Suburban cancer patient — inpatient or outpatient — may meet with our registered dietitian. To consult with the dietitian at any stage of your treatment, ask your nurse in the radiation oncology, infusion or oncology inpatient department to refer you to the program.

NRH/Suburban Regional Rehab

Suburban Hospital has a partnership with National Rehabilitation Hospital, which provides rehabilitation services for those coping with the effects of cancer surgery, including lymphedema.

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