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PET machine

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography 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. 

PET/CT may be used for:

  • 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
  • A single-exam alternative for multiple medical testing procedures

Our radiology services are part of Moores Cancer Center, the region's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Studies show that outcomes are better at NCI-designated centers.

Moores Cancer Center is also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an exclusive alliance of cancer centers, whose mission is to create and establish the standards for oncology care.

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