What is PET/CT?
PET/CT is a highly sensitive imaging system that combines the following two scan techniques in one exam:
The combination of PET and CT creates a three-dimensional image of tissue function and cell activity in the body. This helps locate the precise location and extent of tumors, and identifies disease that may otherwise go undetected.
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Advantages of PET-CT include:
- Early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias.
- Accurate assessment of the location and stage of malignant disease.
- Non-invasive monitoring of the effects of treatment.
- Replaces multiple medical testing procedures with a single exam.
Radiology Services at UC San Diego Health
The PET-CT team at UC San Diego is led by Carl K. Moh, MD. They use GE Discovery VCT PET-CT unit with diagnostic CT capabilities.
Our radiology services are part of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, one of just 45 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. – and the only one in the San Diego region. Studies show that outcomes are better at NCI-designated centers.
Moores Cancer Center has also been elected to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The NCCN is an exclusive alliance of 25 NCI cancer centers, whose mission is to create and establish the standards for oncology care.