Diagnostic cancer tests and investigations

Spire Portsmouth Hospital's specialist cancer facility, we offer fast access to a range of cancer diagnostic tests and investigations along with treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery all under one roof. We are committed to delivering a high level of care to our patients, helping them get the treatment they need, when they need it in comfortable surroundings as quickly as possible.

Highly skilled teams of cancer surgeons, oncologists and specialist support staff work together to treat a wide range of cancers.

Early diagnosis is crucial for successful cancer treatment. Spire offers fast access and quick results

Diagnostic Investigations

Fast diagnosis is crucial for the successful treatment of cancer. Our radiographers and consultant radiologists carry out and interpret examinations at the hospital.

Opened in 2008, our in-house diagnostic suite offers MRI scans (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT scans (computerised tomography, ultrasound, X-ray and mammograms six days a week at convenient appointment times.

MRI scanning can be used for cross-sectional views across the body. It uses a special technique to produce two and three dimensional pictures of the inside of the body and displays very clear soft tissue images.  MRI is particularly good at identifying brain tumours, primary bone tumours, soft tissue sarcomas and for tumours affecting the spinal cord.

CT scanning creates detailed images of the inside of the body. This is particularly useful in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Tumours the size of a grain of rice can be identified which increases the chance of early treatment. This allows tumours to be measured and mapped so that radiotherapy is planned accurately.

Ultrasound is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow. Under ultrasound and x-ray control, biopsies can be performed to take samples for early analysis. It is useful to diagnose cancers of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, ovaries, prostate and breast.

X-ray allows for the detection of malignant abnormalities throughout the skeleton, chest, lungs and heart. 

Mammography is a specific type of imagning that uses a low dose of x-ray and high contrast film for examination of the breasts.

Aftercare and support

The teams work closely with organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support to ensure patients have access to an extended range of information, nursing and support.

For more information visit the Spire Cancer Care website. Alternatively please call our customer services team on 023 9245 6172 or email info@spireportsmouth.com

The benefits of using Spire Portsmouth Hospital

Fast access to scans and tests
Quick results and diagnosis
Access to modern scanning technology
In-house pathology laboratories for fast blood test results

Make an appointment or enquiry for scans or mammography

Call 02392 456040





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