At Moffitt Cancer Center, an X-ray may be performed to help diagnose or stage a cancerous growth, or to determine how well a tumor is responding to treatment. These fast, painless imaging scans use electromagnetic radiation to produce a two-dimensional image of the inside of the body, which a patient’s oncologist can use to identify or track an unusual growth. Although cancer cannot be diagnosed through an X-ray alone, an X-ray’s results can indicate whether additional testing (e.g., a biopsy) may be necessary.
Typically, oncologists may order an X-ray if:
- They need to check for a fluid build-up in the chest cavity or abdominal cavity, a complication that can be a symptom of certain cancers
- They believe cancer may be present in a particular region of the body, such as the chest or pelvis
- They have already found a tumor in a specific organ, but believe it might have metastasized to the bones or the brain
- They need to see if a tumor has gotten smaller (or larger) during treatment
- They believe that interventional radiology (a specialty that uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to guide minimally invasive therapies) is the best form of treatment
At Moffitt, our X-rays are performed on-site by licensed technologists with advanced registration in their specialty, and the results are analyzed by a team of experienced, board-certified radiologists. If a patient’s X-ray suggests that cancer might be present or that an established tumor is not responding to therapy, a multispecialty tumor board will help determine the best course of action.
We currently offer X-rays at three convenient locations, including:
Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inpatient: 24 hours per day including weekend and holidays
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza
4101 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center
10920 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Patients who are unable to travel to Moffitt for upcoming appointments should contact their healthcare team via the MyMoffitt Portal to determine if they are eligible for telemedicine, virtual care and other options, and to determine the next steps for care.