Imaging for Diagnosing Gynecologic Cancers

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Photo of young woman concerned about the possibility of a gynecological cancer diagnosis.

When a woman experiences symptoms that may be caused by a gynecological cancer—such as unusual vaginal bleeding, pain or bloating—her doctor may recommend imaging tests to look for tumors in or around her reproductive organs.

Those tests are performed by radiologists, who are specially trained physicians. Often times, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), ultrasound and positron emission tomography (PET) is utilized.

At Yale Medicine, radiation oncologists in the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging are an important part of a patient’s care team throughout diagnosis, treatment and recovery. We work closely with gynecologists and oncologists to ensure you receive care quickly and comprehensively.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.