Cancer Tests & Screenings

Getting the most accurate cancer diagnosis is one of the first steps in proper treatment. At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer a wide range of cancer tests and screenings at our fully equipped hospital. 

Are you looking for cancer advice and treatment? Request an appointment online  to discuss your case and determine the best diagnostics and treatment plan for you. Read about common advanced diagnostic tests and cancer screenings below.

Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

A bone scan is an imaging test in which a doctor injects a very small amount of a radioactive substance (tracer) to find or monitor cancer that started in the bones or that has spread to the bones from another part of the body. 

Bone Marrow Aspiration & Biopsy

Bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy are short medical procedures in which a physician collects a sample of bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside of bones, so that it can be examined. 

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

In a computed tomography (CT) scan, also called a CAT scan, a trained technologist positions the patient on the CT examination table. The table moves through the scanner while x-rays take highly detailed images of the body. These images are used to find out the cancer’s stage (where it is located, where it has spread and whether it is affecting the functions of other organs in the body). 

Low Dose CT Chest Screening

West Suburban Medical Center and the Imaging Center at the River Forest Medical Campus offer a  Low Dose CT Chest Screening for $85. Specific elements must be met in order to qualify for this screening.  Please call the River Forest Imaging Center at 708-488-2300 to learn more.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses magnetic fields, not x-rays, to produce detailed images of the body, helping a doctor find, evaluate, or monitor a cancer. The patient lies inside a narrow tube on a platform specially designed for the procedure while a doctor or trained technician initiates the scan. 


Mammography is a type of x-ray that checks for breast cancer in women. The images produced by mammography, called mammograms, show small tumors or other irregularities in the breast that cannot be felt by the doctor in a conventional exam. 


In an ultrasound, a doctor or ultrasound technologist, called a sonographer, places a transducer, which resembles a microphone, on the patient’s body. The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves into the body and then listens for the returning echoes to create images that appear on a console screen.  


An X-ray examination uses electromagnetic radiation to create images of your bones, teeth and internal organs. X-rays offer a quick and effective way to assess bone problems, joint infections, lung and heart diseases, abdominal pain, dental conditions and more.