Dealing with head and neck cancer is a difficult prognosis for patients to manage, and requires the best medical support at every step of the treatment process. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other medical facilities can offer their patients the best support by partnering with top neuroradiologists. Neuroradiology plays an important role in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring treatment progress related to cancers of the head and neck. Yet, as noted in the publication “Posttreatment CT and MR imaging in head and neck cancer: what the radiologist needs to know,” neuroradiology can be challenging, particularly in the post-treatment phases. Working with experienced neuroradiologists and the latest imaging technologies helps your facility assure the best outcomes for patients with neck and head cancer.
The role of imaging in diagnosis
Neuroradiology is used throughout the patient lifecycle to provide critical insights to oncologists and other members of the medical team. Advanced radiological imaging plays a key role in identifying abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, neck, and head. Doctors rely on these images to get greater detail on benign and malignant tumors, strokes, trauma, chronic illnesses that affect the brain, and many other conditions. But many facilities don’t have access to the latest imaging technologies or highly trained neuroradiologists.
Whether you’re a hospital with an oncology unit that needs a radiology consult or a doctor in private practice seeking better imaging for your patients, advanced radiology imaging provides a roadmap from which to build treatment plans. SteleRAD’s experienced doctors use a wide range of imaging devices to develop comprehensive assessments to guide the treatment of head and neck cancer.
Post-treatment imaging for head and neck cancer
Hospitals and doctors may use a wide range of treatments for head and neck cancer. Various therapies and options may include surgery, medicine, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Ongoing monitoring of patient response is essential to allow your team to make the best decisions for patients. Imaging plays an ongoing role in monitoring treatment progress and helping your medical teams make important treatment decisions.
Post-treatment radiology can be particularly challenging due to changes in structure that occur as a result of surgical intervention and radiological treatment. As a result, partnering with experienced neuroradiologists ensures your facility’s patients will have access to the best diagnostic capabilities available today.
Hospitals and oncologists routinely consult with neuroradiology experts to look for evidence of response to treatment and to keep a pulse on tumor control. Specifically, advanced radiology imaging helps identify altered anatomy due to treatment, tumor recurrence or growth, post-surgical complication such as infection, and radiology-related complications. Finding these issues early allows your medical teams to act quickly, provide the best treatments possible and avoid more serious complications. An experienced radiologist with training and expertise in dealing with head and neck cancer is best positioned to interpret these often challenging imaging results.
When your health facility is treating patients with head and neck cancers, an experienced neuroradiologist should be consulting on the medical team. The right doctor will ensure that the latest imaging technologies are used to support an accurate diagnosis, an effective treatment plan, and successful post-treatment monitoring.