PET/CT - A Vital Tool in Diagnosing Cancer
PET/CT is a vital tool in the diagnosing, staging and restaging of cancers. PET is the nuclear portion of the hybrid camera system that detects cancerous tumors on a physiological level. Radioisotopes are utilized in localizing in the body without any harmful side effects. The CT is the other portion of the hybrid camera system to anatomically locate the cancerous tumors the PET detects. This enables oncology to form an effective treatment plan and monitor a patient’s treatment throughout the course of treatment. Initially, your doctor may refer you for a PET/CT scan to pinpoint the location where the cancer began and identify or rule out any additional places where it may have spread. Using non- invasive PET and CT imaging in combination can also help reduce or eliminate the need for exploratory surgery or biopsies.
PET/CT is also used for certain brain conditions such as Alzheimer disease and dementia as well as to assess heart muscle. We are a research imaging facility that is at the forefront on all areas of PET/CT imaging. We offer the newest and most innovative PET/CT studies that are in trials as well as recently FDA-approved exams.
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