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PET machine

PET-CT is a advanced imaging technique that combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into a single exam. By combining the two, radiologists obtain detailed information on both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body. This can help locate the precise location and extent of tumors, and identify disease that may otherwise go undetected. 

Advantages of PET-CT

The uses and advantages of PET-CT include:

  • Early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and dementias, including Alzheimer's disease
  • 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
  • Reduction or elimination of ineffective and unnecessary treatments
  • Detection of prostate cancer recurrence with Axumin
  • Detection of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) with gallium (Ga) 68 injections

Our radiologists specialize in neuro, cancer and cardiovascular PET imaging, and work closely with medical specialists to best diagnose and manage your care. Our technologists are trained in both PET and CT and routinely perform both PET/CT and diagnostic CTs at the same visit. 

The research arm of our PET/CT program allows us to provide our patients with the latest and most effective PET/CT studies.

Our PET-CT imaging services are part of Moores Cancer Center, the region's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Studies show that outcomes are better at NCI-designated centers. Moores Cancer Center is also a part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an exclusive alliance of the nation’s most elite cancer centers.

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