PET / CT
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is a valuable diagnostic tool that can provide information that in many cases no other imaging test can. It is a nuclear medicine imaging procedure that looks at the metabolic activity in your body and can reveal changes in cellular function. CT (Computed Tomography) combines x-rays with computer technology to create accurate, detailed diagnostic images of structures in your body including their size, shape and location.
PET/CT simultaneously images and merges these two state-of-the-art scanner technologies to create one powerful view of your entire body. Combining the functional information of PET with the anatomical information of CT provides a one-of-kind, 3-dimensional image – your body’s anatomy as well as its biological functions.
PET/CT can provide important information about a variety of conditions including certain cancers, cardiac disease, and brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease enabling your physician to make a more accurate diagnosis.
Benefits Unlike Any Other Imaging Technique
Information provided by a PET/CT scan has widespread applications. Some of the benefits of PET/CT include:
- Helps physicians determine likely outcome of different treatments
- Pinpoints the best approach for treatment
- Able to monitor patient treatment progress
- Provides early diagnosis: changes in functional activity shown on a PET/CT occur before physical changes or symptoms appear