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Detection and Diagnosis

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When it comes to cancer, an early diagnosis is often the most important aspect of long-term survivability. Diagnosing and staging cancer involves a multidisciplinary team of professionals that includes primary care physicians, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and others.

These professionals rely on advanced diagnostic procedures – ranging from blood work and biopsies to detailed MRI and CT scans – to help identify the type and stage of cancer.  At Sovah Health, our full suite of diagnostic services are offered at our main hospital campuses as well as the Sovah Imaging Centers which are our outpatient facilities conveniently located in Danville and Chatham.

If you are looking for excellent cancer care with a focus on comfort, privacy, and convenience, you will discover just the right touch at the Sovah Health Cancer Centers. Our cancer centers are nationally accredited with the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.  

Sovah Health Cancer Centers offer both radiation treatment and chemotherapy services. Hematology services are also provided for patients with certain blood disorders. All of our departments work closely together to coordinate your care with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other support services-all under one roof. We want you to feel at ease and at home in our facility.

Diagnostic Procedures Include:

  • Closed and Open MRI
  • Digital mammography
  • Flow cytometry
  • Multi-slice CT scan
  • PET scanner
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Ultrasound breast biopsy

We understand the anxiety that can accompany a cancer evaluation. That’s why the Sovah Health team, working in tandem with our medical oncologists and radiologists, continually strives to reduce the time it takes to diagnose cancer and offers many services to help you navigate through your course of office visits and testing. We are here to support and guide you during this time.

Diagnostic and Screening Mammography

Sovah Health offers routine screenings and same-day diagnostic mammograms as well as a comprehensive range of diagnostic breast imaging services at the Sovah Imaging Center in a warm, welcoming environment. 3D mammography is also available.


Combined with a healthy lifestyle and regular check-ups with your primary care provider, cancer screenings are an important tool in the prevention and detection of cancer. Screenings are designed to detect the most common cancers at the earliest stage. Not all cancers have a screening test. Learn more about Cancer Screening Recommendations.


Beginning with early detection from cancer screenings to diagnosis, treatment and recovery follow-up, Sovah Health and our two outpatient imaging centers, provide the technology necessary for evaluating cancer in your body. From our board certified and fellowship-trained radiologists to various accreditations, quality of the interpretation and imaging service is a priority. We use the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) which provides the referring physician access to the imaging pictures and results of testing within minutes of radiologist interpretation.

Our full-range of imaging procedures include: Diagnostic X-Ray, 2D/3D Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Interventional Radiology (IR). Each of these tools plays a unique role in diagnosis and staging of cancer. During treatment, these tests help evaluate how the cancerous tumor/disease has responded to radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery. Learn more about our imaging services. 

To confirm cancer, samples of the tissue are obtained by a variety of methods using the latest technology and procedures available by our skilled radiologists and/or surgeons. The samples are then sent to the pathology department for testing.


All laboratory services for Sovah Health are performed by our team of certified clinical laboratory staff in certified medical laboratories. Our experienced lab, histology and cytology staff provides efficient, rapid analysis for evaluation by our clinical staff.

To confirm cancer, samples of the tissue are obtained by a variety of methods using the latest technology and procedures available by skilled radiologists and/or surgeons. The samples are then send to the pathology department for testing.

At Sovah Health, our patients never face cancer alone. Begin your road to recovery today by finding a physician at 844.GO.SOVAH.

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