St. Francis Cancer Center | St. Francis Cancer Center | Diagnostics
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Bon Secours St. Francis offers a unique combination of revolutionary technology, highly-trained staff and a commitment to excellence to ensure your physician receives top-quality images to help diagnose your condition or plan surgery. Our new technologies can make procedures faster and more comfortable than ever before. Many cancers can be detected through advanced imaging equipment, which give us the ability to see inside your body for abnormal changes. We offer a full suite of state-of-the-art imaging capabilities.


acr-accreditation-sealsWe are accredited by the American College of Radiology for CT, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, Mammography and Ultrasound services. ACR accreditation means that we are committed to quality. This voluntary accreditation measures the quality of our radiology staff, our equipment, and our images so you can be sure that your physician is getting the very best information.

We were the first in South Carolina to receive ACR accreditation in Breast MRI. We were also early adopters of the nationally-acclaimed 64-Slice CT Scanner and 3D Imaging in the Greenville area. Additionally, we offer a full range of diagnostic technology, including Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Endoscopic Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast MRI and Breast Ultrasound. We constantly evaluate the latest imaging technology to ensure our community has access to the very best diagnostic equipment.

CT Scan

CT scans show a slice, or cross-section, of the body. CT scans can show a tumor’s shape, size, and location, and even the blood vessels that feed the tumor. Doctors also can use CT scans to help them guide a needle to perform a biopsy or even treat the cancer with a method like radiofrequency ablation.


MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use X-rays.
Detailed MRI images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases.

Endobronchial Ultrasound

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) is a relatively new minimally invasive technique that allows doctors to view regions of the lungs and chest that traditionally require more invasive surgical procedures to evaluate. During the procedure, a tube is inserted into the mouth or nose and into the lungs. A special ultrasound probe is inserted into the tube. This test helps the physician more accurately stage the cancer, potentially reducing the amount of tissue that is removed during surgery or even recommending a treatment other than surgery. In some cases, endobronchial ultrasound gives the physician the information he or she needs to stage the cancer without a more invasive procedure.

PET Scan

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a test that uses a special type of camera and a tracer to look at organs in the body. During the test, the tracer liquid is put into a vein in the arm. The tracer moves through the body, where much of it collects in the specific organ or tissue. The tracer gives off tiny positively charged particles, and the camera records the positrons and turns the recording into pictures on a computer. PET scans are often used to evaluate how effective cancer treatments are, to see if the tumors are shrinking or spreading.