We are the first hospital in the area to offer PET-CT scans. A PET-CT is a scan that combines the images from a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and a computed tomography (CT) scan. Both scans are done at the same time. These scans are used to detect and determine the stage of cancer, determine whether cancerous cells have spread, and evaluate the effectiveness of cancer treatments. The scan is also used to guide some types of biopsies.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies metabolic activity and body function, while Computed Tomography (CT) provides detailed anatomy and structure. Combined, these technologies help physicians diagnose many diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s disease, before they become apparent with other imaging examinations. With PET/CT, both exams are performed at the same time and can be used to pinpoint, for example, both the location of cancer and its growth rate. It can also be used to help diagnose the extent of a stroke or Alzheimer’s disease, and to assess heart function.
Our PET/CT’s extremely high resolution pictures give us a better chance at catching a variety of cancers in their earliest stages: whether breast, esophageal, cervical, melanoma, lymphoma, lung, colorectal, head and neck, or ovarian. Knowing more, and knowing it earlier, helps us together build the treatment plan that makes the most sense for whatever you’re facing.