At ImageCare Medical Imaging, your exam will be performed on a GE Discovery STE; the CT unit is a 16 slice CT scanner. This is a state-of-the-art instrument that is specifically designed to obtain PET/CT images. This machine is also accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology).
The combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.
PET/CT scans are performed for many reasons.
- PET/CT is used to detect cancer and determine whether a cancer has spread in the body.
- PET/CT assesses the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as cancer therapy.
- PET/CT can be used to determine if a cancer has returned after treatment.
- PET/CT has been proven to be essential for patients with certain neurological disorders. Abnormalities in brain function can be found that might otherwise go undetected. PET can determine if symptoms such as memory loss are caused by Alzheimer's disease, blood flow shortages, depression, or some other reason. PET/CT can evaluate brain abnormalities such as tumors, memory disorders and seizures and other central nervous system disorders.