Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, a type of nuclear medicine imaging, provides physicians with specific information about the function of organs and cells within your body that are unattainable through any other available imaging techniques.
The PET scan also can uncover disease that may otherwise go undetected. Computed tomography (CT) uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the anatomy.
- When PET and CT images are combined, physicians can view the exact location of disease, allowing for an accurate diagnosis and precise roadmap to guide treatment.
- As PET-CT is a highly sensitive scan, it is often recommended for imaging certain cancers.
PET-CT is available at two locations: the Center for Molecular Imaging on Sorrento Valley Road in San Diego and the Radiation Oncology PET-CT Center in La Jolla, Calif., across from the Moores Cancer Center.
At the Sorrento Valley site, physicians use a dedicated PET machine to scan an area of the body ,then fuse this image with a recent CT image from the patient using special software. At the La Jolla location, a “hybrid” machine with a PET-CT camera performs both scans.
Common Applications of PET
- Early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias
- Accurately assessing the location and stage of malignant disease
- Non-invasively monitoring the effects of treatment
- Replacing multiple medical testing procedures with a single exam
- Reducing or eliminating ineffective and unnecessary treatment
To schedule an appointment for a PET or PET-CT scan, call 619-543-3405 or fax your order to 619-543-1975.
Radiation Oncology PET/CT Center
3960 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Center for Molecular Imaging
11388 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92121